The US-led coalition military convoy entered northeastern Syria over the weekend from the Al-Waleed Crossroads, controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces.
The departure point of the convoy from the Iraqi capital Nineveh. After entering Al-Hasakah, some weapons and military vehicles will continue to move to the US base at Deir Ezzor.
During the move, the US military convoy on Al-Kharafi between Deir Ezzor and Al-Hasakah was escorted by attack helicopters. “There are about 30 US combat vehicles and tanks included in this deployment,” SANA said.
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Although the US did not talk about the reason for the arms maneuver, their destination indicated they were gathered around several oil fields in Al-Hasakah and Deir Ezzor.
According to AMN, the increase in US military presence in this area is supposed to target Russian forces and Syrian government forces because not long before, Russian military forces and US soldiers had collisions. when patrolling the area.
The most recent incident took place at the end of October 2020 when a US military convoy with M-ATVs loaded with soldiers and full of weapons suddenly appeared in the suburbs of Qamishli city (some sources say near border city Al-Malikiyah), province of Al-Hasakah.
Almost immediately, a Russian military convoy with BTR-82A, Typhoon-K and the support of Mi-8 and Mi-35 helicopters appeared to intercept. The incident took place very tense when the stubborn American car refused to change direction while the Russian car continuously approached and made a deliberate collision.
Along with that, the airborne seminar helicopters created a scene like a melee battle. The chase lasted for a long time before the American convoy changed direction.
Earlier, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) had recaptured the Mulla Abbas oil field belonging to the Rumailan Oilfields complex on the outskirts of Qamishli city, Al-Hasakah province. SANA also announced that SAA’s military units are starting to deploy in the countryside east of Qamishli city, located on the Syria-Turkey border.
Currently, the Syrian army-controlled areas stretch along the Qamishli axis 60 km to the east, including areas and villages such as Deir Ghosn, Ataba, Tal al-Hasanat, Tal al-Mulla Abbas and Qahtaniyah. , Kershamo, Tal Jihad and Tal Kharnoub, east of Qamishli.
The SAA also strengthened its position in the countryside northeastern Al-Hasakah (east of the Turkish Spring Peace campaign area along with the areas around Manbij and Ain Arab cities in the Aleppo province Peace Spring campaign area west) with new strongholds, including tanks, armored vehicles and other military equipment.
The US forces in Syria announced that they would protect the oil fields in Syria and respond with force to their attempts to capture them. According to this source, the US military has no intention of allowing the Syrian army, even the Russian army, to enter this area.
In response, the Russian President’s special representative to Syria Alexander Lavrentiev said that the natural resources in the Syrian territory belong to the Syrian people, the oil storage areas in the northeast-northeast of the country must be controlled by the government. His legal control Bashar al-Assad.
The Russian side alleges that soldiers and mercenaries of private US military companies are occupying, illegally exploiting and smuggling Syrian oil, US government agencies have received more than 30 million USD per month. from illegal oil exploitation and export.
Syria is not a resource-rich country, it ranks 35th in the list of oil countries with crude oil reserves of about 2.5 billion barrels, This is a very important resource, a source of funding. policy for the Assad administration during the country’s reconstruction.
Therefore, it is not difficult to understand why Russia has gathered helicopters to support the combat vehicle forces to drive away the US military convoys and increase their presence around this area.