Pentagon refutes Russian claim of US private military companies plundering Syrian oil facilities

WNM | Aug 2, 2019 at 1:23 AM

WASHINGTON, August 2 (WNM) – The Department of Defense has strongly refuted Russian claims, that US private military companies were plundering Syrian oil facilities under the cover of the international anti-terror coalition’s aircraft.

The head of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operational Department Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoi hat claimed such at a Defense Ministry press briefing on Monday, according to TASS news agency. “Aside from training militants, the US structures in Syria are involved in plundering oil facilities and deposits in the area across the Euphrates that belong to the legitimate Syrian government. Lately, US private military companies have been observed to actively beef up their personnel. Today, the mercenaries of the private military companies in Syria exceed 3,500 people,” the Russian general said.

The claims were strongly refuted in Washington. “This report is a total fabrication to serve the Russian agenda in Syria. US troops are in Syria as part of the international Coalition to achieve an enduring defeat of ISIS," Pentagon Spokesperson Cmdr. Sean Robertson told The World News Monitor.

Rudskoi had claimed, the US military structures have organized the extraction and sale of Syrian oil from the Konako, al-Omar and Tanak oilfields located east of the Euphrates River, the Russian general pointed out. “A criminal scheme of Syrian crude’s cross-border deliveries is being used. Actually, the Syrian national wealth is being plundered,” Rudskoi said.

The Pentagon was upset by the Rudskoi’s claim that the US military was part of illegal action in Syria. Rudskoi was reported to have said that the alleged plundering was “conducted under the cover of the international anti-terror coalition’s aviation. In actual fact, this is smuggling business seized by the Americans from the Islamic State”.