Russian Military Accuses US of Hijacking Oil Trade in Syria From Daesh

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29 July 2019

US-affiliated forces in Syria have 'hijacked' the illegal oil trade from Daesh (ISIS),* Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy, chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff, announced in a Monday briefing, APA reports citing Sputnik International.

According to the senior officer, in addition to their criminal enterprises, US-trained militants have been training to destroy oil and gas infrastructure and to organize attacks against Syrian government forces.

Col. Gen. Rudskoy accused the US of providing various Arab and Kurdish militias with arms in exchange for assistance in the illegal trafficking of Syrian oil to the East of the Euphrates. Specifically, Russian intelligence has accused US-controlled entities of organing the illegal production and sale of Syrian oil from the al-Omar, Conaco and Tanak oil fields on the Euphrates River's east bank.

The Russian General Staff also reiterated Monday Moscow's previous charges against the US over civilian deaths at the Rukban refugee camp, situated near the US military base at at-Tanf in southern Syria near the Jordanian border, saying the US side has done nothing to resolve the humanitarian crisis.

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