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    Global Wiring | The U.S. is looting resources in Syria

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    Damascus, August 16 ​​On a road leading to the border in Hasakah province in northeastern Syria, the oil tankers of the US army lined up in a row, unable to see the end. These military vehicles loaded with oil stolen from Syria drove across the border into Iraq one after another and disappeared into the distance. At the same time, residents living in Damascus, the capital of Syria, have been waiting for hours at the gas station, and there is no end in sight of the vehicles lining up to refuel. Such sights are commonplace in Syria.

    “Stealing oil” is one of the many crimes committed by the United States in the Middle East. In order to maintain its hegemony and seek private interests, the United States has frequently looted resources, created conflicts, and arbitrarily imposed sanctions in the Middle East, which has seriously damaged the rights of life, health and development of the local people, creating a serious humanitarian disaster.

    Blatant looting

    Syria The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources recently issued a statement saying that in the first half of this year, the average daily output of Syria’s oil was 80,300 barrels, of which more than 80%, about 66,000 barrels, were destroyed by “the U.S. military and its armed forces.” “plunder.

    The Syrian News Agency reported on the 13th that the U.S. military dispatched a convoy of 89 oil tankers that day to transfer oil stolen from Syria to bases in Iraq through illegal border crossings. On the 11th, 144 vehicles were transported for illegal oil extraction.

    The Syrian crisis broke out in 2011. Since 2014, the United States has deployed troops in eastern and northeastern Syria. In recent years, the Syrian government has repeatedly accused the US military of stealing and transshipping oil in northeastern Syria. Syrian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Bassam Touma said, The United States and its allies have plundered Syria’s oil wealth like pirates . Mohammad Omari, an expert on Syrian politics, said that the looting of natural resources such as oil is one of the ugliest actions of the United States in Syria.

    In addition to oil, the United States also looted food from Syria. Hasakah province in northeastern Syria is an oil silo and a granary, and 60-70% of Syria’s grain output is concentrated in this province. According to local media reports,

    Syria, once a food exporter, is now facing a food shortage and needs to rely on imports to meet domestic demand. According to estimates by the World Food Programme, some 12.4 million people in Syria are currently without food security, the worst situation on record.

    The horrific atrocities

    Before the Syrian crisis, the country had a population of more than 22 million. According to data released by the United Nations, US military intervention has caused at least 350,000 lives in Syria, more than 12 million people have been displaced, and 14 million civilians are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance .

    Between 2016 and 2019 alone, 3,833 civilians, half of whom were women and children, were recorded directly killed by the US-led coalition in Syria.

    Syria Political analyst Usama Danura said the displacement and casualties of civilians caused by the airstrikes was one of the U.S. human rights violations in Syria, but the U.S. only called it “collateral damage.”

    Arrogant sanctions

    In addition to military intervention, the United States has long imposed harsh unilateral sanctions on Syria and other Middle Eastern countries. In 2019, the United States introduced the so-called “Caesar Act”, setting up numerous obstacles for foreign investors to invest and build in Syria. Since 1979, the United States has imposed various unilateral sanctions on Iran and other countries for a long time. In 1996, the so-called “D’Amato Act” was thrown out, prohibiting foreign companies from investing in the energy industries of Iran and Libya.

    Affected by the sanctions, the currencies of these Middle Eastern countries have depreciated and prices have skyrocketed. Local production and business activities have been affected, foreign investment projects have been stranded, and economic development and reconstruction processes have faced many difficulties. Shahr Obedi, a political analyst at Anbar University in Iraq, said that American hegemony often causes comprehensive damage to the local economy, culture and other fields.

    By launching wars, unilateral sanctions, and plundering wealth, the true face of the US’s hegemony in the name of “freedom, democracy, and human rights” has been recognized by the international community, including Middle Eastern countries.

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