NEW DELHI: The United States has been accused of smuggling oil from Syria, and being exported for processing, following the satellite imaginary.
“The space intelligence images showed that oil was actively extracted and massively exported for processing outside Syria, under the reliable protection of US troops, before and after the defeat of the Daesh terrorists,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov Saturday said.
The convoys used to export tankers outside Syria, according to the spokesperson were being guarded by the US-based private companies’ personnel and special operations forces.
The US president Donald J Trump has been accused of double standards and facilitating the Arab monarchy’s agenda in Syria.
The cost of a barrel of oil smuggled from Syria stands at close to $38, the monthly revenue out of “illegal activity” exceeds $30 million, according to Konashenkov, quoted by Russia’s TASS news agency.
“Revenues from smuggling Syrian oil arrive at numbered bank accounts of US private military companies and intelligence services through brokerage firms that interact with it,” he said.
“Tank trucks guarded by US military servicemen and private military companies smuggle oil from fields in eastern Syria to other countries and in the event of any attack on such a convoy, US special operations forces and combat aviation are immediately used to protect it,” the official added.
However, Pentagon chief Mark Esper Friday said that the US wanted to strengthen its military positions in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr province to allegedly prevent terrorists from accessing oil fields.
The US and allay Israel have been opposing the Russia-backed Turkish operation in Syria which is aimed to discourage Daesh group and its allies in the region.