US Shoots Down Drone Near Occupied Gas Field in Syria

The US and its Kurdish allies control most of Syria's oil and gas fields

US Central Command has said that US forces shot down a drone on Tuesday that was flying near a US base in northeast Syria.

CENTCOM claimed the drone was Iranian-made and said the incident took place at the Mission Support Site Conoco, a US base next to the Conoco gas fields in eastern Syria’s Deir Ezzor province.

As part of its occupation of eastern Syria, the US and its Kurdish allies control most of Syria’s oil and gas resources. President Trump famously said in 2019, after he reversed his decision to withdraw from Syria, that troops would stay to “keep the oil.”

The US occupation of eastern Syria risks a wider war as bases housing US troops in the country frequently come under attack. Rockets were fired at Mission Support Site Conoco last month, but there were no casualties.

On top of the occupation of eastern Syria, the US maintains crippling economic sanctions on Syria designed to prevent the country from rebuilding. The US issued a 180-day sanctions exemption for transactions related to relief efforts after a devastating earthquake, but UN experts say it isn’t enough and are calling for all Western sanctions to be lifted.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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