Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing local sources, reported that a convoy of 37 tankers left Syria through al-Walid border crossing near al-Ya’rubiyah town on Tuesday evening, and headed towards Iraqi territories.
The sources added that several armored vehicles belonging to the US military and militants affiliated with the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) escorted the convoy until it arrived at the border crossing.
The looting of Syrian oil by the US was fist confirmed during a Senate hearing exchange between South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in late July.
During his testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on July 30, Pompeo confirmed for the first time that an American oil company would begin work in the northeastern Syria, which is controlled by SDF militants.
The SDF, a US-backed alliance of Kurdish militants operating against Damascus, currently controls areas in northern and eastern Syria.
The Syrian government has denounced in the strongest terms the agreement inked to plunder the country’s natural resources, including Syrian oil and gas, with the sponsorship of the administration of US President Donald Trump.
The US president has more than once acknowledged that American military forces are in Syria for the country’s oil.
Militants shell Syrian army positions
Also on Tuesday, foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants shelled the positions of government forces in the northern provinces of Aleppo, Hama, Idlib and Latakia.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attacks were carried out by several terrorist groups, including Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and Turkish-backed Faylaq al-Sham (Sham Legion).
The war monitor said a number of Syrian soldiers and allied fighters from popular defense groups were killed in the process.