Iran foreign ministry accuses US of using Daesh as pretext for plundering Syria oil – Middle East Monitor


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran has spoken out against the US airstrikes in the vicinity of the eastern Syrian region of Deir ez-Zour, which was in response to a suspected Iranian drone attack on Thursday that killed a US contractor and injured six others, with includes five soldiers.

In a statement, Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said the “terrorist” attacks carried out by the United States on Friday hit civilian targets and constituted a violation of international law and Syrian sovereignty. The attack reportedly killed 19 people, including 16 Iranian-backed militants and three Syrian soldiers, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

“The United States claims that it is present in Syria to fight Daesh that itself had a major role in creating but an excuse to continue its occupation and loot the national wealth of Syria, including its energy resources and wheat,” said he.

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“The continuation of the illegal US military presence as well as the occupation of parts of Syrian soil and attacking various targets in that country is a violation of international laws as well as the country’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the spokesman said. .

According to Al-Mayadeen, citing a security source, the US base at the Al-Omar oil field was targeted by a missile attack on Friday morning. Yesterday, Iran’s main security body, the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), announced the US airstrikes against Iranian-linked bases in Syria, which it says were established “at the request of the Syrian government”. The SNSC also warned that there would be a “swift response” to the attacks.

In August last year, the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs claimed that the losses incurred by the country’s oil and gas sector due to the continued US occupation and looting of the country’s resources amounted to $107 billion since the start of the Syrian crisis in 2011.

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