Fri, 23 Oct 2020

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The Syrian media has reported that a convoy of at least 35 tanker trucks has made its way out of the country from the Jazira region of northeastern Syria into northern Iraq.

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The convoy left Hasakah province on dead of the night on Wednesday, the Syrian Arab News Agency has reported, citing local sources.

Along with the illegal export of Syrian oil, US forces were said to have brought 6 military vehicles carrying 50 troops from Iraq into Syria, with the forces beefing up the US presence at the makeshift Kharab al-Jeer airport in northeastern Hasakah.

The US has been beefing up its presence in Syria in recent weeks, despite promises by President Trump to withdraw from the war-torn country late last year. Last week, US officials and Syrian media reported the delivery of additional troops and vehicles into the country from neighboring Iraq.

Last year, Russian military intelligence released a report on US oil-smuggling activities in Syria, revealing that the Pentagon, the CIA, private military contractors and Kurdish militias were engaged in the illegal shipment of over $30 million-worth of Syrian oil out of the war-torn country each month.

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