The attacks against the illegal US presence in Syria were bound to happen after the Pentagon reversed its withdrawal plans.
Despite Trump’s repeated pledges to pull out of the region, it appears that the US military has a different agenda than that of the US administration and is marching to a different tune, the political analysts deem.
That much has become clear to the Syrians, Iraqis and Iranians, which have determined three years ago that the USA may not withdraw as long as it controls the flow of stolen Syrian oil without military pressure.
The ambush strategy appears to be developed by Syrians, Iraqis and Iranians to augment the pressure on the US presence in Iraq and Syria.
In early August, the US base in the town of Ash Shaddadi, in Al-Hasakah province, was shelled by unknown militants, according to Al-Watan newspaper.
At the end of May, a military convoy of US troops and the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were reportedly attacked by unidentified fighters in Deir ez-Zor province.
A month earlier, on 20 April, a US military vehicle was destroyed in Al-Hasakah governorate. But now, the largest U.S. military in Syria, which is located near the Conoco Oil Fields, was allegedly targeted by rocket fire last night.
It should be noted that the Conoco base is located in the eastern countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorate; it has been under the control of the U.S.-led International Coalition since 2018.
The timing of these increased attacks, apparently launched by local Arab tribes in both Al-Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor provinces against the illegal US military occupation, follows two particular but related events.
Until now, unknown US oil company, Delta Crescent Energy LLC, has signed a deal with the US-backed Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of Northeast Syria with White House blessing to develop and exploit Syria’s oil fields under their control?
The USA and their unconstitutional Kurdish proxies in east Syria currently hold over 90% of Syria’s oil and half of its gas, as well as a majority of its fertile agricultural areas.
Many of the local Arab tribes in east Syria, already resentful of US-backed de facto-Kurdish rule over Arab-majority areas, expressed outrage and called this theft of Syria’s energy resources unacceptable.
Following a meeting between the SDF commander and US forces with the leaders of the local Arab tribes over the issue, several of those tribal leaders who had objected to the oil deal and refused to engage with the Americans were assassinated.
The Arab tribes now hold the USA and SDF responsible for the assassinations, began forming a local ‘army‘ of tribes to resist US-SDF occupation, seized back several villages, and issued a one month ultimatum for the US military and SDF forces to leave their region entirely.
This is extremely significant given that up until recently the Al-Uqaydat and Al-Baqara tribes had sided with the USA and grudgingly worked with the SDF to hold east Syria against the Syrian government in Damascus.
The Al-Uqaydat, in particular, is the largest tribe in Deir ez-Zor and reportedly in all of Mesopotamia, with its members having a presence on both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi border.
Meanwhile, the Syrian region in question appears to be of utmost importance to the US occupiers. The region of eastern Syria is also accessible and can be supplied and reinforced by US military bases in Iraq.
This territory encompasses nearly a third of Syria, over 185 thousand square kilometers, 90% of the Syria’s oil, over 1/2 of its gas, its three largest electricity producing dams and its most fertile important agricultural territories.
This gives the US a stranglehold over Syria’s most important resources, preventing consolidation and rebuilding of the country, which it is now using to try to force regime change in Damascus by economic deprivation and blackmail.
Many American neocons believe that their control of east Syria may somehow weaken the Iranian influence in the country, thus further disrupting the so-called Shia Crescent. However, that’s not the case.
The US regime can occupy east Syria almost indefinitely – as they did in Afghanistan and Iraq – unless the economic and political cost in American lives leads to sufficient political outrage at home.
The weak point here is that the USA has failed to topple the Syrian government in Damascus and install their own compliant puppet regime akin to those in Baghdad, with the Russian military involvement ensured that this cannot happen.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2020.