Russia Exposes United States Oil Smuggling Operation In Northern Syria

Russia has accused the United States of breaking their own sanctions and smuggling oil out of Syria.

Speaking yesterday in Moscow, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova criticised the American occupation of Syrian oilfields and described the action as criminal activity. Beyond the most recent moves by Washington, Zakharova also accused the Trump regime of smuggling, stating that the activity had already been going on for months.

It’s impossible for a modern international community [not] to raise questions when a civilised state endlessly declares its adherence to certain democratic values, international legal principles in international relations, pumps oil from oil fields in northeast Syria, I remind you: it is a sovereign state – covering up their criminal activities with some pretexts for fighting ISIS. I want to remind you also: ISIS, according to the Allies[International military intervention against ISIL], was finally destroyed in March of this year. Not really, of course, everything “grows together” in the American position, bypassing their sanctions, Americans have been smuggling oil for more than 30 million dollars a month from Syria.” – Maria Zakharova –

The accusation comes hot on the heels of the Russian Ministry of Defense releasing satellite images that show American forces extracting oil and sending it for processing outside of Syria.

The above images show the Daman oil gathering station where “90 automotive vehicles, including 23 fuel trucks” were spotted. In addition, we can see 25 vehicles in the Al-Hasakah province, including 22 fuel trucks. Furthermore, 32 more fuel trucks were seen in Deir ez-Zor on September 8 and 34 fuel trucks were recorded in the Mayadin onshore area on the same day as can ben seen in the images below.

Russia has claimed that the US-controlled company Sadcab is responsible for the operation to extract the of oil and the income of the smuggling has gone straight into the personal accounts of U.S. private military companies and special forces.

Syrian oil is currently valued at $38 and barrel, making the illegal operation worth $30m a month.

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. 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. 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.” – Igor Konashenkov, Russian Defense Ministry –

The Americans and Donald Trump in particular have been particularly open about occupying and stealing Syrian oil, despite the international legal consequences of such claims.

Just yesterday Donald Trump stated unequivocally that U.S. troops will be remaining in Syria “just because we’re keeping the oil,” while Defense Secretary Mark Esper put it less explicitly this past Monday when he told the press that the current U.S. objective in eastern Syria is “to secure the oil fields.

Critics and international observers have pointed out that plundering Syrian oil would be a war crime under international law.

Under The Hague Convention and international law, occupying forces are permitted to use public assets that it manages, including the yield, but only so far as to fulfill its obligations under the law of occupation. The occupying power is not allowed to destroy assets, transfer their ownership to others or deplete them. Any effort to exploit a finite resource such as the oil reserves in Syria would be in contradiction to these laws. An expression of this principle is found in Section 47 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949.

This law against international plunder is one of the key aspects of international humanitarian law and the international community and United Nations must now be seen to act. If the United States is allowed to engage in international banditry then not only will it be a supreme double standard, it will render both international law and bodies such as the United Nations impotent. Burka


This article was originally published by Red Revolution Media on November 2nd 2019. It was republished, with permission, through a mutually agreed upon publishing partnership between Rogue Media and Red Revolution. Formatting edits were added/embedded by Rogue Media.

A Word About The Geneva Convention & US Immigration Border Camps

My mind has been wandering throughout the course the day today, so I figure why not write an article having a frank discussion about the Geneva Convention and the US’s current immigration ‘crisis’? What I think is most important to understand is that the US media’s coverage of this situation takes everything so far out of context and honestly, is completely immoral and completely immoral.

The reason I say this is because I have personally attempted to seek asylum abroad, much like those currently being held in US border camps for example, but was not treated anywhere near as nice as the US treats our immigrants. What you must understand is that in accordance with international law regarding asylum seekers – id est the Geneva Convention – it is quite literally the law to detain asylum seekers and hold them for a period of up to three months before giving them the right to trial to see if their needs/situation justify the right of asylum. Therefore, when you are seeing on CNN or reading by The New York Times about how cruel and horrible the USA is being detaining/holding all these people at border camps, just remember that the US is the one just following “the law,” doing the right thing – what they should be doing.

Following international law on this issue is also a concept lost on many countries around the world these days, and don’t forget that. For example, in the Bahamas. In April of 2018 I fled the United States to the Bahamas, where I entered the country and declared refugee status, seeking political asylum. Only I wasn’t detained or given a trial like international law and the Geneva convention mandate, of which the Bahamas is also a signatory by the way. Instead, I was literally walked right through the airport and shipped back to Miami right then in there, less than two hours after declaring asylum in the first place. So, just remember my story and how it’s supposed to go in these asylum cases cases, and then you’ll know how proper the US is actually behaving here, complying with all international standards – because CNN, The Washington Post or New York Times will never tell you that incredibly important piece on information when reporting on the US border crisis. Honestly, you tell me why you think that is?

I mean it’s not just the Bahamas that violates the Geneva Convention for asylum seekers and immigrants, look no further the situation in Macedonia from 2015-2017. Forget detaining, feeding, protecting and giving illegal immigrants fair trial, Macedonia intead brought in tanks, their army, tear gas, built fences and beat the $hit out of anyone trying to enter their country – those who were detained were simply sent back across their borders via train to the other side of the track. Or look at Italy, whom actually passed new laws criminalizing rescuing refugees at sea while drowning off their coastline. How f*cked is that?

I could go on and on here, but you do not want to read forever.  Just remember that the main steam media has a deliberate bias in all the smut they put in your face. Too often the truth of the matter is buried behind political bias, which is such a damn shame. But the truth is out there, if you are educated enough to learn/find it. I guarantee anyone who just read this now has a different understanding of international law, and what/why the US Government is doing what they do at our borders. Only trust independent media.