US troops back at military bases in northeast Syria
Sun Nov 3, 2019 11:47AM [Updated: Sun Nov 3, 2019 11:55AM ]
US troops are reportedly back in military bases in northeastern Syria which they had previously evacuated ahead of Turkey’s military action against Kurdish forces in the area.
Turkey’s Anadolu Agency has reported that American forces arrived in the west of Syria’s northern province of Raqqa on Saturday to rebuild their military base.
A US military convoy, including a personnel carrier armored vehicle, a mine flail and a utility vehicle, arrived in Jazira base located west of Raqqa via Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah.
Nearly 30 US soldiers were reportedly seen in the convoy.
Also on Friday, US forces began rebuilding a military base in northern Syria’s Sarrin village, south of Kobani, officially known as Ayn al-Arab.
The US military bases in Sarrin and Sabit, nearly 30 kilometers south of the Turkey-Syria border, were previously evacuated and destroyed during Turkey’s offensive last month.
US troops also resumed patrols near oil fields in northeastern Syria on Friday, after an intermission prompted by Turkey’s military incursion.
Turkey launched the offensive on October 9 in a declared attempt to push the People’s Protection Units (YPG) militants away from border areas.
Ankara views the US-backed YPG as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984.
Turkey’s offensive came after the US abruptly pulled its forces out of the region, clearing the path for Turkey to go ahead with the planned military action against Washington’s longtime Kurdish allies.
PressTV-Russia: US smuggling Syrian oil worth $30 million a monthRussia has slammed the US plan to seize Syrian oil fields as “criminal activity,” warning that Washington stands to rake in millions of dollars a month from the seizure.
Washington reversed an earlier decision to pull out all troops from northeastern Syria, announcing last week the deployment of about 500 troops to the oil fields controlled by Kurdish forces.
Pentagon chief Mark Esper said the deployment will seek to secure oil resources from Daesh. Washington, he said, will use “overwhelming” force against any other actor challenging the US, including Syria’s own government.
Speaking last week, President Donald Trump suggested that Washington sought economic interests by controlling the oil fields.
The developments come as Damascus is in great need of its major oil deposits in order to gain revenue and address its energy needs amid crippling Western sanctions.
Syria is currently extracting oil at only 10 percent of its pre-war capacity.
Syria, along with Iran and Turkey, have already denounced Washington’s illegal appropriation of Syrian oil.
US trying to stir chaos in region to seize oil…
Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says the United States has been seeking to foment turmoil in the region in a bid to achieve its “ominous” goal of plundering its oil reserves.
Addressing the parliament Sunday, Larijani touched on President Donald Trump’s announcement that the US plans to “secure” Syrian oilfields, saying it exposed “the most secretive polices of the White House” and laid bare their “real and ugly face” as well as their “inhumane and exploitative nature.”
Trump said last week US troops would remain in Syria and put up “a hell of a fight” against any force that tried to take Syrian oilfields, citing ExxonMobil or another energy company as the entity that would tap Syrian oil reserves.
“Such shameful remarks have been made by the head of a regime, which is constantly worried about human rights in countries that think independently,” Larijani said.
Trump, he noted, does not apparently realize that the Syrian soil and oil belong to its nation and government and that the US has no right to invade a country and capture its oilfields.
The top Iranian parliamentarian also blasted Trump’s “insolence” regarding Iraq, saying the US tried to take hold of the Iraqi oil but its people, leaders and religious leaders did not allow it.
Likewise, Larijani said, the US government does not care about the Iranian nation but its oil and gas – which it is trying to seize through an economic blockade.
PressTV- ‘US to strike any party challenging its control of Syria oil’The Pentagon threatens to use ‘military force’ against any group — including Syrian and Russian forces — seeking to challenge the US military’s occupation of oil fields in Syria.
“Recently, the US regime has been foolishly trying to create chaos in the region” with the ultimate aim of controlling its oil, Larijani said in an apparent reference to a wave of violent protests in Iraq and Lebanon.
“There is no doubt that the vigilant people of the region will deliver a stronger response to this US plot after they eliminated Daesh which was a puppet of the Americans,” he added.