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US Expands With New Base In Oil & Gas Rich Syrian Province

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by Tyler Durden
Tuesday, Sep 06, 2022 - 05:55 AM

Chinese state media is reporting based on Syrian war monitors that the Pentagon has expanded its presence inside Syria by establishing a new hub of operations in the northeastern province of Hasakah this past weekend.

"The new military base was set up in the village of Naqara, 3 km southwest of the city of Qamishli in Hasakah province, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights" - as cited in Xinhua.



The biggest, and main US base in Hasakeh province remains at Syria's al-Omar oil fields, which is a legacy of the Trump administration's "secure the oil" policy. While President Joe Biden has rejected this overt rhetoric focused taking energy resources, the past month witnessed multiple alleged instances of coalition forces ferrying oil across the Iraq border in tanker trucks. 

As we detailed earlier of an August statement from Syria's oil ministry:

"US occupation forces and their mercenaries," referring to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), "steal up to 66,000 barrels every single day from the fields occupied in the eastern region," amounting to around 83 percent of Syria’s daily oil production.

According to the ministry’s data, the Syrian oil sector has incurred losses nearing "about 105 billion dollars since the beginning of the war until the middle of this year" as a result of the US oil theft campaign.

Presumably the establishment of a third main base inside oil and gas rich Hasakah province is toward furthering efforts at denying Damascus its own energy resources. The Syrian and Russian governments have for years condemned Washington for its ongoing occupation of a sovereign country. China too, has quietly backed Damascus, also given the presence of Chinese foreign fighters - Islamic Uyghur extremists in particular - which are reportedly present in Idlib.

Another major American base, but which is not in Hasakah, is at al-Tanf. US special forces at the base are there ostensibly in support of Arab and Kurdish anti-Assad fighters. The base's location is strategic, given it is near the three-way border between Iraq, Syria, and Jordan. Despite the Pentagon for years touting its "counter-ISIS" mission in Syria, the main US target has clearly remained both the Assad government and its Iranian allies. Far-reaching US sanctions have decimated the Syrian economy, impacting the broader population hardest amid runaway inflation.

In August, China's foreign ministry denounced the "appalling" US actions of "plundering" Syrian resources...


The US should stop stealing oil & grain from Syria.

A mere two weeks ago the White House ordered two rounds of airstrikes in Syria against what's been described as "Iranian" and "Iran-backed" groups, in response to US outposts in Syria coming under sporadic rocket attacks from unknown militants.


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A US military armored vehicle outside an oil well in Syria's Hasakah governorate on November 6, 2019.
According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), US forces established a third military base in Syria on 3 September.

The new US military base was set up in Naqara village, just three kilometers from Qamishli in the northeastern province of Hasakah.

The US has two more bases, one of them located in Himo village and another one in the Tel Fares area near the Qamishli airport.

Armed groups have recently stepped up against US occupational forces and their regional allies due to the illegal exploitation of fossil fuels.

The Syrian government has accused the United States of stealing the country's natural resources, a staggering $107 billion since the war began in 2011.

On 29 August, US forces reportedly looted a new batch of Syrian oil, an estimated 123 fuel tankers were seen to have left the resource-rich Jazira region.

Washington has intensified its oil looting operation in Syria in the wake of its own severe energy crisis, which was exacerbated by sanctions imposed on Russia's energy sector.

Earlier this month, the Syrian Oil Ministry released a statement saying that the US army plunders "66,000 barrels of oil every single day," amounting to around 83 percent of Syria's daily oil production.

Meanwhile, Syria is suffering an energy crisis at home that cripples the country's economy and causes nationwide blackouts on a regular basis.

However, fossil fuels like oil and gas are not enough. The US is also responsible for the theft of the country's wheat, while close to 70% of Syrians suffer from food insecurity, according to the World Food Programme.

Comment: And the wheat seeds it provides as 'aid' has been found to be contaminated, which also threatens home grown produce.

On 3 September, renewed explosions were reported inside the US military base at the occupied Al-Omar oilfield. Despite eye-witnesses reporting the arrival of ambulances, the occupation army now claims the explosions were a result of military drills by coalition forces.

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