US military smuggles wheat from Syria to Iraq again: Report
A convoy of dozens of US military trucks has reportedly carried tons of grain from Syriato the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq, part of the US military’s systematic smuggling of basic commodities out of Syria.
Local sources, requesting anonymity, told Syria’s official news agency SANA that 40 military vehicles loaded with wheat crops from silos of the Jazira Region rumbled through the al-Waleed border crossing in the al-Ya'rubiyah region and entered the Iraqi territories on Saturday.
The sources added that vehicles belonging to the US-sponsored and Kurdish-led militants from the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) escorted the convoy.
The development took place only a few days after the United States dispatched truckloads of military and logistical equipment to Syria’s Hasakah province.
Local sources, who asked not to be named, told SANA that in mid-June a convoy of 55 trucks crossed the Waleed border and headed toward Kharab al-Jir military airport.
The US military has stationed forces and equipment in northeastern Syria, with the Pentagon claiming that the deployment is aimed at preventing the oilfields in the area from falling into the hands of Daesh terrorists.
Damascus, however, maintains the deployment is meant to plunder the country's rich mineral resources.
Former US President Donald Trump admitted on more than one occasion that American forces were in the Arab country for its oil.
After failing to oust the Syrian government through militant proxies and direct involvement in the conflict, the US government has stepped up its economic war on the Arab country.
In June 2020, the US enacted the so-called Caesar Act that imposed the toughest sanctions ever on Syria intending to choke off revenue sources for the government.
The sanctions have crippled the war-torn country’s economy by barring foreign companies from doing trade with Damascus. Syria says the real purpose of the measures is to put pressure on Syrians and their livelihoods.002