The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that the American forces transferred a large amount of oil from eastern Syria to Iraq over the weekend.
The agency quoted local sources as saying that “a convoy of 30 tankers and a tanker for the American occupation loaded with stolen oil from the oil wells it occupies in Syria’s Al-Jazeera left this evening to Iraqi lands through the illegal Al-Walid crossing in the Al-Yarubiyah region in the eastern countryside of Al-Hasakah.”
No further details were released by the state-owned news agency, nor was there any comment released by the U.S.-led International Coalition.
The Syrian authorities have accused the United States of working to “smuggle Syrian oil and sell it abroad to deprive the Syrians of it, in a flagrant violation of international law.”
In late 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump approved a plan to withdraw his country’s forces previously deployed in Syria, but he later decided, as a result of pressure by members of his administration, to keep about 1,000 soldiers to ensure American control over the seized oil fields in the northeastern part of the country.
On Friday Trump told White House reporters that “we are out of Syria” but troops only remain solely with a mission of “guarding the oil.”