Breaking: US military tankers smuggle crude oil from Syria’s Hasakah to Iraq again
As part of Washington’s bid to further plunder energy resources in war-ravaged Syria, the US military has reportedly used hundreds of tanker trucks to smuggle crude oil from the Jazira region in the country’s northeastern province of Hasakah to western Iraq.
Local sources in the town of al-Swaidah, requesting not to be named, told Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) that a convoy of 300 tankers rumbled through al-Mahmoudiya border crossing on Tuesday, and headed toward the Iraqi territory after being filled with crude oil.
Syrian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Bassam Tomeh, told Arabic-language al-Ikhbariyah Syria television news network on March 18 that the US and its allied Takfiri terrorist groups are looting oil reserves in the war-stricken West Asian country, revealing that Washington controls 90 percent of crude reserves in oil-rich northeastern Syria.
“Americans and their allies are targeting the Syrian oil wealth and its tankers just like pirates,” the Syrian oil minister said.
He noted that the cost of direct and indirect damage to the Syrian oil sector stands at more than $92 billion.
“What has happened all through Syria war has not happened in any country, in terms of preventing us from tapping our wealth resources and at the same time stopping basic commodities from reaching our country,” Tomeh said.