Syria has often accused the United States of mounting an economic war against it by controlling the nation’s crucial northeastern areas, which contain up to 90% of the country’s oil and greatest agricultural resources. A new report has emerged claiming that a 40-truck US convoy loaded with stolen wheat was smuggled out of Syria recently.
According to domestic sources, US Marines and Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces militia groups smuggled a 40-truck convoy of trucks packed with Syrian wheat provisions out of the country via the al-Waleed border crossing point between Syria and Iraq northeast of al-Hasakah city.
According to the reports, US soldiers also used the same border to transport a convoy of 36 faulty military vehicles from Tel Hamees in northern al-Hasakah region to Iraq, reports The Cradle.
Wheat supplies were allegedly stolen from Syrian Jazira, which is part of the Fertile Crescent.
Syria has often accused the United States of mounting an economic war against it by controlling the nation’s crucial northeastern areas, which contain up to 90% of the country’s oil and greatest agricultural resources. Damascus has been obliged to depend on Russian and Iranian aid to ensure food and energy security while recovering from the devastating foreign-backed conflict that began in 2012.
The year before, Syrian Minister of Petroleum Bassam Tomeh calculated that US oil trafficking operations had inflicted $92 billion in damage to Syria’s oil industry — a significant portion of the $200-400 billion President Bashar Assad has stated is required for restoration. Prior to the war, the Middle Eastern country was self-sufficient in both energy and food.
The United States is projected to have 900 troops in Syria, protecting oil and gas fields, military sites, and critical strategic infrastructure. Their presence is intended to act as a “insurance policy” for its SDF friends, as well as a signal to the Syrian government and Turkish-backed militias that any strikes will be greeted with a catastrophic retaliation.
Despite this, Syrian officials have voiced optimism that all territories beyond Damascus’ influence will be freed, and have pushed the Kurds, who have created de-facto self-rule in the absence of the government, to recognize that America will inevitably desert them. The Biden administration has publicly said that it has no intent of retreating from Syria, and the nation is rarely addressed by US officials or the media.
The other week, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian criticized Washington for acting like a “pirate” in Syria, “flagrantly plunder[ing]” the country’s wealth, and for “plunging” the nation “into an unprecedented humanitarian disaster.”
The Wall Street Journal claimed on Friday that Russia carried out a “series” of “provocative” actions against US troops in Syria this month, which included an air raid on the al-Tanf garrison near the border with Iraq and Jordan that targeted CIA-trained militants. The Russian foreign and defense ministries have yet to respond to the report.