US forces, in collaboration with the militias of Qasad (Syrian Democratic Forces), “continued to steal Syrian oil” from the fields of the al-Jazira region after having laid pipelines across the Tigris River in the Semalka area into Iraqi territory, Syrian news agency SANA reported on Sunday, citing civil sources in the al-Malikiyah region,
According to the report, before transporting the stolen oil barrels to Iraqi territory, US forces took them “by tankers from Karachuk fields in the northeast of Rumailan”.
“The tankers unload oil into oil reservoirs in Semalka region, then the oil is pumped through pipelines laid in the river into Iraqi territories”, SANA report said, referring to the source, who noted that “hundreds of barrels” of “stolen crude oil” are pumped through these pipelines.
The sources also said that the US forces send “dozens of tankers” loaded with the reportedly stolen oil to the Iraqi lands through what is described as “the illegal crossings created for this purpose such as Al-Walid crossing in al-Ya’rubiyah countryside”.
Earlier in December, SANA reported that an 85-tanker convoy, along with military vehicles, carried stolen oil into Iraqi territory, crossing the Al-Walid border crossing.