Dozens of U.S. armored vehicles and trucks entered northeast Syria coming from Iraq in the early morning of October 26.
RT released a video showing the vehicles, which were accompanied by military fuel tankers, moving on a unspecified highway in the region.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the armored vehicles entered through the al-Walid border crossing and headed to oil fields in the eastern Syrian governorate of Deir Ezzor.
Earlier this week, an official in the Pentagon told Newsweek that the U.S. is seeking to deploy a half of an U.S. Army armored brigade combat team battalion that includes as many as 30 Abrams tanks alongside personnel to key oil fields in northeastern Syria.
Newsweek’s report was confirmed by the Pentagon on October 25. While the U.S. claim that it wants to protect the oil fields from ISIS, local observers believe that Washington is working to prevent Damascus from recapturing valuable resources in the northeastern region.
The Ministry of Defense of Russia condemned the U.S. decision to keep troops in northeast Syria’s oil fields earlier today. The ministry released satellite images proving that U.S. forces and military contractors are facilitating an illegal oil trade in the region.