To secure oil fields, the US builds new military bases in Syria
Windowofworld.com – The United States (US) military is setting up a new military base in the Desert city of Badia al-Baghuz, Deir ez-Zor, just 1-2 kilometers from Syria border with Iraq along the Euphrates River. The Sputnik news agency reported, citing local sources.
Work on the base is said to have started last week, with first steps including building a helipad to secure logistics. The Sputnik source also said that Kurdish-majority Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militants deployed to the area around the base on Monday to stand guard.
The US had set up three illegal bases in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province, including near the al-Omar oil field and the Koniko gas plant, as well as the administrative border between the provinces. Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa.
In related news, tribal sources in rural Deir ez-Zor told Sputnik that US forces and SDF militias had carried out three-day raids on civilian homes in the Arab-majority tribal cities of Theban, al-Hawaij, al-Busirah and al- Shuhail, arrested more than 50 people.
Over the weekend, residents of Hasakah told the Syrian Arab News Agency, SANA, that a convoy of 20 tankers loaded with oil left the US-occupied Jazira region and the SDF. The ship was headed for the illegal Al-Waleed border crossing point between Syria and Iraq. Last month, 35 more tankers slipped across the border.
On Saturday, an SANA correspondent also reported that US forces had strengthened their positions in the city of Hasakaha amid tensions with local residents.
Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor are home to most of Syria’s oil and gas resources. The two have become hotspots of tension between the Syrian government, local pro-Damascus residents, SDF and US forces, and Turkish-backed militias.
Before the foreign-backed civil war began in 2011, Syria could use its modest oil resources to secure energy independently and generate about 20 percent of the country’s revenue through exports.
Pointing to the huge sums of funds that would be needed to rebuild post-conflict, Damascus accused Washington of deliberately trying to obstruct the country’s efforts to reconstruct what terrorism was destroying primarily supported by the US government itself.
US President Donald Trump has repeatedly announced that Washington will “safeguard” Syria’s oil resources, despite concerns that doing so could violate international law against looting.
In October 2019, the Russian military released a detailed intelligence report on US oil-smuggling activities, accusing the Pentagon, private contractors, the CIA, Kurdish militias and American energy affairs of sending $ 30 million worth of oil abroad every month.