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US Deploys More Troops, Armored Vehicles to Oil-rich Eastern Syria

20 Sep 2020 00:51

Islam Times - The US occupation in Syria has sent a new convoy of military vehicles and troops to the oil-rich eastern side of the country amid rising tensions with Russian forces in the region, and as Washington seeks to loot the war-torn country’s crude resources.

Captain Bill Urban, spokesman for the US Central Command [CENTCOM], said in a statement on Friday that the United States “has deployed Sentinel radar, increased the frequency of US fighter patrols over US forces, and deployed Bradley Fighting Vehicles to augment US forces” in the area.

Without mentioning Russia, Urban added that the moves were meant “to help ensure the safety and security” of the US-led military coalition purportedly formed to fight Daesh [the Arabic acronym for Takfiri terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL’ group].

He claimed that the US “does not seek conflict with any other nation in Syria, but will defend coalition forces if necessary.”

A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, also said six Bradley Fighting Vehicles arrived in Syria early on Friday from Kuwait, and that their deployment along with the forces manning the radar equipment will add an additional 100 personnel to the 500 American forces operating in eastern Syria.

The official went on to say that the actions are “a clear signal to Russia and other parties” to avoid what he termed as “unprofessional, unsafe and provocative actions in northeast Syria.”

Senior US officials have on occasions complained about Washington’s policies in Syria, arguing that the approaches of US President Donald Trump’s administration have stuck American troops fighting a 'forgotten war' and guarding oil and gas resources there, while Russian troops are making advances and help the Damascus government recover after nearly a decade of militancy.

One top US intelligence official, who requested anonymity, told American weekly news magazine Newsweek earlier this month: “We don't have a strategy.”

Malcolm Nance, a former US Navy intelligence and counter-terrorism specialist, also compared the situation to another bloody quagmire for the Pentagon, and said the presence of US troops on the Syrian soil is a political game with little payoff.

Moreover, Russian and Syrian joint coordination committees on the repatriation of Syrian refugees have denounced the presence of US troops on the Syrian soil, stating that such an illegal military deployment stokes new tensions in the Middle East.

The committees, in a statement released on September 3, cited the unlawful presence of US forces and militants affiliated with the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF] as one of the serious matters of concern in northeastern Syria, state-run official news agency SANA reported at the time.

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