US occupation continues plundering Syrian oil, wheat
Syrian news agency SANA reports that the US stole and smuggled around 50 trucks of Syrian oil and wheat into Iraq.
US occupation convoy northeast of Syria was seen smuggling looted oil and wheat to Iraq through the Al-Mahmudiyah illegal crossing, Syrian state news agency SANA said on Wednesday.
The looted Syrian commodities were transported to US bases in Iraq using 36 tanker trucks, the media outlet added, citing sources from Al-Hasakah Governorate.
The source also said that another US convoy consisting of 24 trucks looted oil and wheat from Al-Jazira region and smuggled the stolen commodities through Al-Walid border crossing to Iraq.
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Besides being an occupation that backs armed groups for its own operations and agenda in the region, the US occupation forces continue to steal Syrian oil by smuggling it from their bases in Syria to those in Iraq.
Convoys of tens of vehicles, including tankers loaded with stolen oil from oil fields occupied by US forces in Syria, are frequently seen crossing toward northern Iraq, in addition to trucks loaded with military equipment.
The #US has built quite a reputation with its thievery skills: After #Iraq and #Afghanistan, it's #Syria's turn to fall victim to US hegemony that feeds on the wealth of other countries. pic.twitter.com/Au1I01GhLF— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) February 22, 2022
Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, during a speech at the 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77) in September 2022 in New York, said that the material damage caused by foreign forces illegally present in Syria amounted to $107 billion since 2011.
Mekdad stated that Syria would seek compensation from the US, which is currently occupying Syrian territory rich with the country's resources and looting them.
In December of 2022, Syria's foreign ministry said the US occupation forces and their affiliated military groups' systematic lootings of Syrian oil, wheat, and other national resources have amounted to direct losses valued at $25.9 billion and indirect losses valued at over $86 billion.
"19.8 billion US dollars of looting oil, gas, and mineral resources, 3.3 billion US dollars resulting from vandalizing and ransacking of facilities. 2.9 billion US dollars the value of damages caused to the oil and gas installations by the so-called 'international coalition' bombing of these installations," the statement detailed.
The Ministry then demanded the UN to once again adopt urgent steps to cease the violation of international law by the US and its allies and ensure compensation for these violations.
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