Translated by Leo, bold and italics added for emphasis.
Image 1: Situation in the Syrian Arab Republic as of October 26, 2019.
MOSCOW, October 26, 2019 – RIA Novosti – The Russian Ministry of Defense has published satellite intelligence images, showing American oil smuggling from Syria.
According to the ministry, the photos confirm that “Syrian oil, both before and after the routing defeat of the Islamic State terrorists in land beyond the Euphrates river, under the reliable protection by US military servicemen, oil was actively being extracted and then the fuel trucks were massively being sent for processing outside of Syria.”
Image 2: Daman oil gathering station, Syria, Deir ez-Zor province, 42 km east of Deir ez-Zor, August 23, 2019.
Here, in a picture of the Daman oil gathering station (42 kilometers east of the Deir-ez-Zor province), taken on August 23, a large amount of trucks were spotted. “There were 90 automotive vehicles, including 23 fuel trucks,” the caption to the image said.
In addition, on September 5, there were 25 vehicles in the Al-Hasakah province, including 22 fuel trucks. Three days later, on September 8, in the vicinity of Der Ez-Zor, 36 more vehicles were recorded (32 of them were fuel trucks). On the same day, 41 vehicles, including 34 fuel trucks, were in the Mayadin onshore area.
Image 3: Gathering of vehicles in Syria, Al-Hasakah province, 8 km west of Al-Shaddadi, September 5, 2019.
As the official representative of the Defense Ministry Igor Konashenkov noted, the Americans are extracting oil in Syria with the help of equipment, bypassing their own sanctions.
Igor Konashenkov: “Under the protection of American military servicemen and employees of American PMCs, fuel trucks from the oil fields of Eastern Syria are smuggling to other states. In the event of any attack on such a caravan, special operations forces and US military aircraft are immediately called in to protect it,” he said.
According to Konashenkov, the US-controlled company Sadcab, established under the so-called Autonomous Administration of Eastern Syria, is engaged in the export of oil, and the income of smuggling goes to the personal accounts of US PMCs and special forces.
The Major General added that as of right now, a barrel of smuggled Syrian oil is valued at $38, therefore the monthly revenue of US governmental agencies exceeds $30 million.
Image 4: Gathering of vehicles in Syria, Deir ez-Zor province, 10 km east of Mayadin, September 8, 2019.
“For such a continuous financial flow, free from control and taxes of the American government, the leadership of the Pentagon and Langley will be ready to guard and defend oil fields in Syria from the mythical ‘hidden IS cells’ endlessly,” he said.
According to Konashenkov, Washington, by holding oil fields in eastern Syria, is engaged in international state banditry.
The reason for this activity, he believes, “lies far from the ideals of freedom proclaimed by Washington and their slogans on the fight against terrorism.”
Image 5: Gathering of vehicles in Syria, Deir ez-Zor province, 14 km east of Mayadin, September 8, 2019.
Igor Konashenkov: “Neither in international law, nor in American legislation itself – there is not and cannot be a single legal task for the American troops to protect and defend the hydrocarbon deposits of Syria from Syria itself and its own people,” the representative of the Defense Ministry concluded.
A day earlier, the Pentagon’s head, Mark Esper declared that the United States is studying the situation in the Deir ez-Zor region and intends to strengthen its positions there in the near future “to ensure the safety of oil fields.”
Interesting how Washington decided to eliminate Al Baghdadi (5th or 6th time, not sure) right after this evidence by Russian Defense Ministry came out. Way to distract sheeply masses and cover their crimes by playing the same card they played with ‘killing’ of Osama Bin Laden.
The skepticism of Russian MOD is heavy on this 5th or 6th elimination of Baghdadi. No coordination with Russian air defense, area of alleged atk and elimination had no air traffic from coalition air, and on and on:
Not to mention he blew himself to bits with a suicide vest, so no body to prove his death. A suicide vest is just something a FORMER leader of a terrorist group wears everywhere, because you can’t be too careful.
…and they even made no cover up operation when the ISIS was trading the oil with Turkey.
I hope Russians will make a big issue of this, but having in mind who runs the mass media… 😣
How will they (US administration) compare the DNA and prove Bagdadi is dead and not evacuated to Israel? (As many terrorists used to be before to Irak, or for medical treatment to Turkey).
By some more tweets of POTUS of course!
Shoigu must be furious and Lavrov disgusted. And Putin is surely wondering whether this is bigger than the Skripal case. OMG
You can not make fuss in western monopolized MSM of course.
It was hardly an intention, but what else?
Will it help Trump pull GI out of Syria? hardly so.
Then why Russian MoD is no driving this point?
If Russia considering blocking this oil stream by air force, like it did with Erdogan’s oil streams years before ?
Shimon Elliott is not dead, unlike Osama when some poor patsy ‘double’ of OBL was retired with extreme prejudice. Blowing himself up leaves a mutilated corpse, and faked DNA, if it is produced at all. The crumbling Empire is growing sloppy and arrogant, knowing that NO Western fakestream presstitute will dare question the ‘laugh’.
According to Konashenkov, the US-controlled company Sadcab, established under the so-called Autonomous Administration of Eastern Syria, is engaged in the export of oil, and the income of smuggling goes to the personal accounts of US PMCs and special forces.
So US special forces and mercenaries are personally pocketing the proceeds of the oil that America is stealing and smuggling from Syria.
That is sick even by the sociopathic standards of America and its war machine, and it deserves to be exposed more fully.
Meanwhile, the civilian population of Syria is struggling with energy shortages, as the USA attempts to wage economic siege warfare against the people of this country.
The central characteristic of the Rightwing Authoritarian Personality, and the USA which is controlled totally by the type, is hatred of others, and sadistic pleasure in doing them harm, among many other odious psychopathologies.
So that I may understand your assertion, how do you define “rightwing”?
The invasion of Syria, Ukraine, Libya and every other country by the US Military is a bipartisan supported massacre. The only difference between the repubs and dems is the billionaire calling the shots. The same politicians that hand over billion dollar no BID CONTRACTS to defense contractors are also personally invested in those same defense contractors. US troops are nothing more then cannon fodder to increase the personal wealth of these people and to ” be ready to die defending Israel” .
First you cause 400,000 deaths, $200 Billion in destruction of whole cities and the nation’s infrastructure, and cause 7 million refugees to leave their country of birth and heritage, and then you steal their oil.
America First, the Exceptional Pirate-Hegemon of the 21st Century, disgracing its citizens and forever ruining whatever good it once did.
The USA, its NATO and regional Coalitions, its CENTCOM are all criminal organizations. They have waged wars of greed and violence unparalleled in human history during our lifetime.
As we were once forced to hope they will suffer a major battlefield disaster in Vietnam to end that enormous crime against humanity (the Viets, Cambodians and Laotians), we now are forced to hope the US very soon meets Karma, suffers a large loss of life and is forced from the battlefield.
How sad. Being that a key feature of US policy for over 50 years already. Shameless. Not counting the whole 300 years of their history beginning with genocide of Indians, slave trafficking and exploiting etc.
Now busted by Russians. Will Mr. MAGA make any use of it acting as if he wasn’t informed? The deep state is accumulating off balance funds to finance its illegal operations! This is far bigger than Irangate, Noriega was a patsy, will the Congress investigate?!
Hello republicans, wake up. Forget Biden and Ukraine, this is what American tax payer pays for and US citizens die for.
What a mess.
Any sanctions against USA imposed by the UN or at least words of protest from the EU?
So, now Russia has free hands in Ukraine, Baltic states, I would say Poland too…you know – national interest, but the real noble ones!
If German people could have been united (for low price, thanks to silly Gorbachev and the subsequent withdrawal of Red army from Eastern Europe) than the Russians too. Belarus and Khazakstan be ready as well…
Am I mistaken or what?
Genocide has been the prime delight of the US ruling caste since 1620 or whenever the invasion of the country began.
Ukraine Minsk negotiator Kuchma seems to be denying anything to do with impkementing Steenmeir too….very puzzling….because maybe USA is recently still sending millions dollars arms?IMF loan approved too? Back to square one….Ukraine continuing an even heavier offensive soonish????? Z has been neutralised?
If I am cynical …
the orange man is part of the plan or being used (again) in their plan
by announcing AB dead so publicly and so loud
and insisting that once the leader of the terrorist group is dead therefore IS must crumble (and they cannot re-group and select another leader)
that USSA is winning and USSA is THE undeniable major contributor and THE Highest Ranked organiser of this military victory is… (say whatever you want)
How many times USSA is caught assisting terrorist group to escape, not to mention creating them, fund them and protecting them w legit USSA army and military assets?
And this is not war crime and crime against humanity? Crime in USSA and per their own law?
And AB blown-up? Is that silencing the critical and major witness? or winning the glorious terror war?
What say you?
If I am generous,
orange man just want to match TG in her army ranking (for the (s)election show)
which orange man is not part of the tradition, insider and the boys.
Military has its codes. And they are not orange it seems.
He is still struggling to get-into da club.
So now that Russia came out, also publicly to ‘say a few words’
what then is left to the reputation of POT.US?
His trusted high ranking boys fed him the false info again?
or “they” gave him the wrong script to read at the press?
I fear for “THE PPL’. Really.
esp they think this is just another MAG.a show. They can’t see it for what it is.
Mission Accomplished! “They” won.
Baghdadi was supposedly the former leader of a terror group, as in no longer the leader. So if he actually was once the leader of a terrorist group, then he deserves harsh retribution – however, the fact that he is no longer the leader means his death will have no effect at all on the present operations of that terrorist group. So I am left wondering what the strategic payoff of rubbing him out would be. It looks like a distraction-value event more than anything else, and the usual American feelgood embellishment, such as that he ‘squealed in terror’ as he ‘ran away like a coward’, merely adds to the impression that it was just something they kept in their back pocket, to be actioned when it was useful.
(Removed language,MOD). The United States is the single worst nation in the world today. They pretend to be a bastion of capitalism and democracy but reality shows they are a bastion of criminality. How long must we wait for the long predicted collapse of the USA.
“Smash, Grab and Holdfast, the Three Mighty Men of war” — Goethe, Faust Part 2.
Holdfast, the Mighty Man with the hardest job. Syrian Army systematically clearing out NATZO invaders from Turkey. Canthama BTL SyrPer News #394600 & 304615:
What many fail to realize is each and every serving member of or ‘contractor’ for United States of America, Federal Republic of Germany, France, UK, Holland, Poland, Ukraine, Spain and Italy armed forces is in direct violation of the military rules and regulations promulgated in the individual country’s published and publicly available rules and regulations for serving military member’s conduct and actions since none of the aforementioned countries have been invited to enter the Sovereign State of Syria by the Syrian Government nor have any of the aforementioned countries either declared war on Syria nor have any ‘permissions’ been granted by either United Nations or NATO to do so.
Whilst I completely understand the current state of affairs in The World, one never knows when the worm will turn and there is always the distinct possibility of a repeat of the Nuremburg War Crimes Trials of the late ’40’s. Many heinous crimes against humanity have been committed not only against Syria but also against Serbia, Libya, Irak and Kosovo. Perhaps the headsman is patiently waiting for his turn to act on the platform for all to see.
Never The Last One, paperback edition. https://www.amazon.com/dp/1521849056 A deep look in to Russia, her culture and her Armed Forces, in essence a look at the emergence of Russian Federation.
An Incident On Simonka, paperback edition. https://www.amazon.com/dp/1696160715 NATO Is Invited To Leave Sevastopol, One Way Or The Other.
Also war crimes in Afghanistan, Ukraine (by proxy) (I know you limited for sake of brevity, there are most likely other nations where the US empire and vassals have enacted various war crimes). I pray for reason and justice to return to this world, at least the Western world (already on the wing in Russia, China [which is debatable, China still has repressive tendencies from its Communist past, correct?])
A very short time ago The Saker reccommended this book
Losing Military Supremacy : the myopia of american strategic planning by Andrei Martyanov
I cite the chapter Threat Inflation Ideological Capture.
Here I recall he describes the extreme insular thinking and planning from US “Think Tanks”
In summary they are …… (my words – The all wise, the all knowing, the chosen ones who can do no wrong -: are, in reality, clueless about international relations and anything external to their nation’s culture.)
I would not expect any uprising within the US against the Washington power brokers in the short term under todays current economic climate within the US.
The US political climate nonetheless does reveal US political institutions at war with each other – forget the personalities at play. quote Prof S Cohen
In the long term the US life style is not sustainable but what may arise is open for speculation as to when or how US society may degenerate further to collapse whatever that may look like.
The violence exported from this nation has been incredible – yes – against the indigineous peoples of the world. Either by direct led adventurisim or via proxis. The world reals from their banditry .
Too many nations have been destroyed and too many lifes have been lost: just to profit the few.
You have omitted Australia New Zealand Ireland Norway Canada et al …… oh hell throw in all of the EU nations (recent EU Treaties over rode neutral nations) ….. so called special forces there without their citizens knowledge
All contribute to the US violence in one way or another …. Neutrality ?….. Just a word …..
If I had included all those who participated in these violent and bloody actions I’d have named half the world one way or another. The old saying ‘they also serve who pack and carry’ should read ‘they also commit crimes who build and provide’ for all those who happily, and at immense profit, supply the main actors in this mess. Sooner or later it will all come home to roost, it always does, just ask the National Socialist German Workers’ Party of 30’s and early 40’s fame.
During the cold war as you well know…… There was the ” them s and us” ( us of course being the good guys!!!! excuse me while I go out for a quick chunder ) …..
plus a rarely referred – to non aligned movement – which I recall numbered 80 something nations …..
Boy How most of us under the shadow of the US were suckered…..
And even when at University during the 90s the academics made convincing excuses/rationale for the violence which we reigned on the weak…..
“Many heinous crimes against humanity have been committed not only against Syria but also against Serbia, Libya, Iraq and Kosovo.”
There has been no greater crime against humanity than the theft and wiping out of one’s historic name, identity, culture, history, as has been done to Macedonia. Physical genocide is one thing, spiritual and psychic along with the physical, is quite another. Just another day for Empire and its minions, seemingly. The collective karma of those who put themselves in the service of Raw Power grows from day to day, there is indeed enough to be accounted for, for many, many lifetimes.
Isn’t it so typical of the Western fakestream media presstitute vermin that not one of them dare state the obvious-that US forces, not having a UNSC Resolution allowing their presence, are in Syria utterly illegally, and their seizing of Syrian oil is simply theft.
The media do not even raise the question, and most people responding or commenting don’t either. Pure theft–or is robbery the proper term?
Filth. The hegemon couldn’t give a flying rats razoo about such quaint conventions as…. International Law or Treaties.
International law is reserved for the unpeople, and the Empire’s designated enemies. Like Syria and Iran.
And of course the presstitutes will be struck deaf, dumb, and blind. Nothing to see. Nothing to report. Unless there’s a false flag to distract the gullible. So many crimes by this rogue entity.
Its time to call the Hegemon’s bluff. Its a paper tiger. Smash their forces in Syria. They won’t dare respond.
I think you are correct,the US public just wouldn’t tolerate hundreds or thousands of their boys going home in sacks,who was it that said the only thing to fear is fear itself?the Vietnamese wrote the playbook on how to deal with arrogant Colonialists and Imperialists.
I think they are doing it to themselves better than anyone could. This banditry marks new low for all to see who they really are: zionazi-gay-war criminals! (One should always spit when hearing/saying their name!).
Wondering when will real honorable soldiers decide to abandon this ship of fools called NATO?
The brutality of the Hegemon knows no borders.
But I tried to think in a practical sense too. The oil reserves of Syria in the NE are modest. Besides that, oil is pretty worthless unless it is refined.
So, what is the USA up to? At first it was clear that they simply deprive Syria of its resources, but what do they have in mind with this notorious smuggling train? Or better said, where is this oil heading for?
Turkey? No way, Erdogan would immediately have somebody tapping on his shoulder from the RF. To a harbour can easily be intercepted, same counts for Jordan.
And that leaves Iraq. The nearest refinery is in Mosul, in the Kurdish area of Iraq. If true, that would subscribe my gut feeling that the US Army is still up to ‘something’ there. Maybe a Kurdish statelet in Iraq, or an enclave with remaining ISIS mercenaries for all kinds of asymmetrical actions, or both. After all, one of the reasons of the wanted break-up of Syria was the wanted blocking of the Shia crescent on behalf of that Little Nation that fears Hezbollah.
My guess would be to expect a lot in Iraq the coming time.
To a significant degree, America wants to control Syrian oil fields (and also agricultural lands) in order to prevent Syrian reconstruction.
Essentially, this is US warfare by other means–American economic terrorism to starve the Syrian people into submission, similar to the Leader of the Free World’s economic siege warfare against Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, or North Korea.
The quote below summarizes this malign American behavior:
“Starving Syria of oil and wheat, the basics of survival
For the Syrian government, regaining control over its oil and gas reserves in the eastern part of its territory is crucial to paying for reconstruction efforts and social programs — especially at a time when suffocating US and EU sanctions have crippled the economy, caused fuel shortages, and severely hurt Syria’s civilian population.
The US has aimed to prevent Damascus from retaking profitable territory, starving it of natural resources from fossil fuels to basic foodstuffs.”
US troops are staying in Syria to ‘keep the oil’ – and have already killed hundreds over it
Ask this question, the US alleged to have found and killed Bin Laden and now Al-Baghdadi, Ok, klap klap to US “achievements”, then why Al-Zawahiri (the Egyptian Dr and 2nd man in al-CIA-duh) has not been located and eliminated yet?
Where’s his *REAL* geographic location?
The fact that no one in the MSM can counter the false narrative of how the US and its allies supposedly “defeated” ISIS underscores the importance of why RT and Sputnik and PRESS TV etc must continue provide us with alternative reporting.
And no need to wonder why Americans specifically and Westernes in general are so patently ignorant of what is happening in the world and around them: the zio-controlled MSM drip-feeds them lies and garbage 24/7.
S-400…. Just a short time ago Sputnik reported that Netanyahu has come out and accused Iran of developing cruise missiles to hit any target in the Middle East, and of planning to deploy them in countries like Yemen. Pure coincidence this war criminal starts jumping up and down? No coincidence at all….
I think the US will only hold onto these oil fields for a short duration. Eventually the militants will be defeated & there will have to be some political settlement with the Kurds. US without kurdsh support dont have the men to keep them.
Secondly I read that oil fields & pump heads need huge amounts of electricity to run them. Syria has now regained control of the hydroelectric dams at Tabqa & Tishreen. They now control all the electric supply to the area so they can cut of those fields from the grid. I dont believe mobile generators are good enough to run oil fields
From how many countries have we stolen gold? At least from Venezuela, but what about Syria and Ukraine?
Thy stole all the Gold from Libya,as for Ukraine they didn’t steal it,those Kiev Nazis handed it over in the middle of the night from a provincial airport,not long after Yats went off the radar,wonder how much his share was? he probably lives in Israel now.
The article is inconsistent and unclear:
– at one moment the income goes to private accounts. At the next to government agencies.
– the claim is that it is processed in other countries. Strangely no country is mentioned.
– how much connection is there with the Watad company that controls the oil products distribution in Idlib?
Hello Saker, what are your thoughts on what this Russian immigrant now living in the United States had to say about Russia? Hyperbole, half-truths, mostly lies?
Having sourced by news over the years from a number of independent news media of which you’re one, I can say I know the facts with regards to a number of things she said but I would like to know your thoughts as well:
Why then is Russia not attacking the convoys in spite of US air support? The US is an illegal interventionist in Syria unsupported by the UN!
Nothing much has changed in this respect since IS were running these oil convoys (actually former US registered trucks usually with high mileage bought by US operators after being surplus or inactive by low earnings in the US). Only the names of the the sunni mercenaries has changed, and now they are recruited and trained in al-Tanf (Eastern Syria) by US military forces , supported by Norwegian and probaly recently Danish military that has deployed to Syria. (formerly IS was trained in Jordan by CIA or Blackwater, or even the NATO Incirlik base in Turkey, while IS initial war capaplities were developed as CIA backed rebels in Libya supported by NATO ). The US continue as before in its illegal occupation of Syria (and Iraq). Al-Tanf is located on the main highway between Damascus and Iraq, US is thus effective blockading Syria via landroutes, although SAA has established a makeshift desert detour road around the zone of conflict al-Tanf it can not be very effective since they are blocked from established security in Syria or Iraq.
Hoffman, in his comments Thursday, gave a different message—that “the revenue from this is not going to the U.S. This is going to the SDF,” referring to the Kurdish-led and U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forces, who are battling ISIS. Byrne claimed that the U.S. has been waging the oil field control mission alongside SDF and that the goal was to prevent ISIS from obtaining the oil revenue.
So, how do they make the leap from preventing ISIS from getting oil revenue to shooting at Syrian government forces?
Hoffman repeated his stance that the operations were a part of the effort to defeat terrorists and stopping “ISIS from obtaining the oil fields is an effort to prevent them from obtaining revenue so that they can fund their terrorist operations globally.
Again, apparently reporters are a part of selling this because no one asks the logical questions:
Are you saying Syrian Government Forces are allied with ISIS?
If not, why would you fire on Syrian Government forces also fighting ISIS as you claim your mission is?
Even now that you say we are not taking Syrian Oil, what legal authority do you have to give it to SDF?
Flat out, are you saying if Syrian Government forces say they are coming to secure the oil fields from all those who would steal and use the revenue for nefarious purposes, you are saying you would fire on Syrian government forces in their country going to secure their oil fields?
I am thoroughly disgusted with the Pentagon and State Department and our whole government for that matter. This is disgusting that America has become a low down thief and using our military as dumb thugs.
To the “intelligence” agencies that monitor this site. Go pound sand you ignorant, corrupt, thieving, human swine. None of you should support this. None of you should go home at night thinking you are honorably protecting this “great nation”. Stop going to the bar at Applebee’s and talking like you are honorable people protecting our country!