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

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

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 organise attacks against Syrian government forces, Sputnik reported.

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 organising 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 Moscow's previous charges against the US over civilian deaths and suffering at the Rukban refugee camp, situated near the US military base at al-Tanf in Southern Syria near the Jordanian border, saying the US side has done nothing to resolve the humanitarian crisis.

Furthermore, Rudskoy reported that "US-trained saboteurs" have been sent from al-Tanf to other parts of Syria to try to destabilize the situation in the country as a whole, adding that this includes training of a 'major armed unit' of Jaish Magawir al-Saura militants in the 55 km zone surrounding the al-Tanf base.

Source: Fars News Agency