Russia Accuses US Of Seeking To Seize Syria’s Oil Not Defeating ISIS

Russia Accuses US Of Seeking To Seize Syria’s Oil Not Defeating ISIS

US goal in Syria is control over resources not fighting terrorists

February 8, 2018 Niamh Harris News, World 0

Russia has slammed the United States’ presence in Syria as illegal and accused them of seeking to seize the country’s oil.

The Russian Ministry of Defense said on Thursday that pro-government Syrian militia were carrying out a reconnaissance operation near the former Al-Isba oil refinery in Deir ez-Zor province when they were attacked by the US-led coalition’s aircraft.

They added that the attack on pro-government forces proves that Washington’s true goal is to capture “economic assets” instead of fighting terrorism.

RT reports: The MoD was referring to an incident which took place on Tuesday in Deir Ez-Zor province, as a Syrian militia unit was moving against a “sleeper cell” of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). The operation was prompted by a surge in shelling of the positions of Syrian government forces in the area over the past few days, attributed to the covert activities of IS terrorists, the ministry said in a statement on Thursday.