DECEMBER 9, 2022
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US Convoy Moves Military Equipment from Iraq to Syria, Purpose Unclear: Report

US Convoy Moves Military Equipment from Iraq to Syria, Purpose Unclear: Report

A convoy reportedly affiliated with the US-led coalition has been observed transferring military equipment, ammunition, and fuel from American bases located in Iraq to neighboring Syria. According to sources cited by Lebanon's al-Mayadeen news channel, the convoy entered eastern Syria via the Faysh Khabur border crossing in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region during the night on Monday.

In recent months, the US military has increased its presence in Syria, a nation that has been grappling with foreign-backed conflict since 2011. This deployment has faced criticism and has been labeled "illegal" by Syrian authorities.

Just last month, the Pentagon dispatched a convoy to eastern Syria's Deir ez-Zor province, utilizing the Al-Waleed border crossing between Iraq and Syria. Comprising approximately 50 vehicles, this convoy reached US bases in the Koniko natural gas field and al-Omer oil field on August 14.

The Pentagon has justified its forces and equipment deployment in Syria as a measure to prevent oil fields from falling into the hands of Daesh (ISIS) terrorists. In contrast, the Syrian government contends that the deployment is a means to exploit the country's natural resources.

On Sunday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry submitted letters to the United Nations, urging an end to the illegal presence of US occupation troops and the return of the nation's energy reserves and natural resources to the Syrian government. The letters also highlighted the estimated damage inflicted on Syria's oil and mineral sectors due to "acts of aggression and sabotage" by US forces and their allied militant groups, amounting to $115.2 billion.

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