US, Kurdish Allies Reportedly Smuggle Another Convoy of Stolen Syrian Oil and Wheat Out of Country

Middle East

The United States has been in Syria since 2016, justifying its presence in the country by the alleged threat of a resurgent Daesh (ISIS)*, which was routed in 2017. The Syrian government has repeatedly demanded that US troops vacate the country.

US occupation forces’ and their Syrian Democratic Forces militia allies have smuggled another 38 trucks and tankers’ worth of wheat and oil out of Syria via the al-Walid border crossing, the Syrian Arab News Agency reports, citing local sources.

The smuggling activity follows a separate report on Saturday that US forces had brought 10 tractor trailers carrying Hummers from Iraq into Syria, driving them toward the town of Rmelan in al-Hasakah.

Last week, SANA reported that two massive convoys containing a total of 88 vehicles filled with oil and wheat left Syria for Iraq from two separate directions, one of them containing wheat from the strategic Tal Alou silos, and the other convoy oil tankers, covered trucks and refrigerator vehicles from the al-Yarubiya countryside.

The Biden administration has left in place its predecessor’s policy of robbing the impoverished and food-insecure nation of its natural resources and wheat stocks. The US and its Kurdish allies enjoy control over as much as 90 percent of Syria’s oil wealth, and their refusal to turn these areas over to Damascus has ensured that the once energy self-sufficient nation has been forced to turn…

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