The US military convoy crossed the Syrian Iraqi border on November 13 and stopped at several oil fields in Northeast Syria. US President trump said that the United States still intends to maintain control over the oil fields in Northeast Syria.
Syrian state television al ikhbariya13 reported that the U.S. military convoy crossed the Syrian Iraqi border on November 13 and stopped at a large number of oil fields in Northeast Syria. The report said: "the convoy of the US aggressor army entered Syria from Iraq through illegal ports and stopped at the Aouda oil field in Qahtani and the oil field in jibusa." The convoy was composed of 22 military vehicles and 2 light trucks, which were covered by air on the way.
Meanwhile, according to the satellite news agency on the 13th, when meeting with visiting Turkish President Erdogan, US President trump said that although the United States has reduced its military presence in Syria, it still intends to maintain control over the oil fields in Northeast Syria. Trump said that the U.S. general will withdraw from this place and many soldiers will return home, but the United States must retain the strength to watch the oil on the ground.
At the Peace Forum held in Paris on Tuesday (12th), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov disclosed that the United States wanted to establish a state in Syria and control oil. Lavrov said that the United States is seeking to illegally divide its territory on the East Bank of the Euphrates River, establish a separate and illegal quasi state there, and control the oil fields. Lavrov also pointed out that the United States prohibits allies from investing in reconstruction projects officially controlled by Damascus.
It is reported that about 90% of the oil fields in Syria are concentrated on the East Bank of the Euphrates River. Turkey's Anadolu news agency reported in early November that the U.S. military has resumed patrolling the 40 km area between lumelan and Kahtani on the Syrian Turkish border. Later, the Turkish media quoted witnesses as saying that the US military had begun to establish two military bases in the strategic areas in Syria's oil-rich East. U.S. Defense Secretary esper previously said that the United States will maintain Syrian oil fields. If someone tries to occupy them, the United States will make a strong response.
The US side's move was criticized at home and abroad earlier. Critics in the United States have warned that seizing another country's natural resources violates international law against plunder. Syrian President Bashar al Assad criticized the US policy as nothing new. Assad pointed out that the actions of the U.S. government, the CIA and other organizations involved in smuggling and plundering Syrian oil can be traced back to at least 2014, and the United States' just announced the truth of its policy '.