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27 February, Thursday


US deploys logistics equipment to oil-rich Syrian provinces

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Earlier this week, while giving an interview to Fox News, US President Donald Trump once again emphasised his administration’s policy of "taking" Syria’s oil, hinting that Washington may not return it to its rightful owners, Eurasia Diary reports citing Sputnik.

Syrian news agency SANA reported on Thursday that the US has deployed a convoy of 75 units of military and logistics equipment to the country's oil-rich eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr and the northeastern province of Hasakah.

According to sources from the northeastern city of Qamishli, the convoy crossed the Semalka border checkpoint on Thursday evening and headed towards two US bases in the two regions.

In October 2019, President Trump announced that the US would be withdrawing its forces from the Arab Republic, adding that a small contingent would stay behind to "keep the oil". 

The decision was harshly condemned by Damascus and Moscow, who accused Washington of illegally seizing the oil fields and stealing the country's natural resources.

In late December, Syrian presidential adviser Bouthaina Shaaban said that the country was considering filing an international suit against the American government over "the fact that they steal Syrian oil."

 

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