Syria: US Troops Deploy Air Defense Systems in Occupied Oil Fields
Sources assure Al Mayadeen that the US has begun deploying air defense equipment in the oil fields it has occupied in eastern Syria.
Sources confirmed to Al Mayadeen that the US began deploying air defense equipment at its base in the "Koniko" gas plant, northeast of Deir Ezzor in Syria. This comes days after the US had installed an air defense system inside the Al-Omar oil field; its largest base in Syria.
The sources added that Washington has called up more than 60 trucks into Syrian territory, including weapons and air defense equipment, after the targeting of its bases began about two weeks ago.
The sources pointed out that "The air defense system includes shoulder-fired missiles and others for dealing with drones, to counter any new attacks."
The sources indicated that "A state of confusion and anxiety is engulfing the US bases for fear of the recurrence of missile attacks."
It also revealed that "The coalition forces present in the Al-Omar field have conducted several exercises, including the swift evacuation of the residential buildings inside the field in the event of an attack."
The bases of the "Global Coalition," led by the US, were subjected to 5 missile attacks in less than two weeks, leading to their wide mobilization.
These attacks were likely launched by popular military groups in Syrian army-controlled areas, with the aim of pushing forward any form of resistance against US troops to force their withdrawal from the country.
Two days earlier, private sources reported to Al Mayadeen the targeting of the international coalition base in the oil field, which is the second attack within 12 hours after the mortar attack on the "Kuniko" natural gas field. A Pentagon official also acknowledged that his country's forces in eastern Syria had been subjected to an "indirect attack with firearms."