Hasaka, SANA- The US occupation has continued to steal and pillage the Syrian resources as 120 tankers laden with stolen oil have left Syria heading for the Iraqi territories through the illegitimate crossing of al-Walid.
Local sources told SANA reporter in Qamishli that “A US occupation convoy of 70 tankers laden with stolen oil left the Syrian territories through the road of Hamza Beik Station on the borders with Iraq.”
The sources added that another convoy that consists of 50 tankers belonging to the US occupation went out of Rmelan town, and they were laden with oil stolen from the oilfields occupied by the US in Syria, heading for Iraq through al-Walid illegitimate crossing.
The US occupation forces in collusion with QSD militia control most of the oilfields in the Syrian al-Jazeera region with the aim of pillaging them as over the past months, thousands of trucks laden with weapons and military and logistic materials have entered the vicinity of the oil wells.
Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri (L) meets with Iraq’s Defense Minister Lieutenant General Juma Anad Saadoun Khattab in Tehran on November 15, 2020. (Photo by IRIB news agency)
Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri says defense cooperation between neighboring Iran and Iraq will improve security in the Arab country in the face of US efforts to revive terrorists in the region.
He made the remarks on the sidelines of a meeting with Iraq’s Defense Minister Lieutenant General Juma Anad Saadoun Khattab in Tehran on Sunday.
Speaking to reporters, Baqeri referred to close relations and historical commonalities between Iran and Iraq, saying the armed forces of the two countries enjoy long-term ties and interests.
The Iraqi defense minister, along with Navy, Air Force, Air Defense commanders, discussed with Iranian officials ways to reinforce defense and military cooperation, he said.
They, he added, also visited an exhibition of Iranian defense industries and would hold meetings with their Iranian counterparts.
Baqeri further noted that during his meeting with the Iraqi defense minister, the two sides exchanged views on issues related to defense industry and security of the two countries’ common borders, as well as bilateral cooperation and joint military exercises.
“The purpose of this meeting is to develop and deepen security in both Iran and Iraq, but of course Iraq has faced several conspiracies in recent years,” he said.
“And now, as the Americans seek to redeploy terrorists in the region, this cooperation will provide better security for Iraq.”
The two countries have prepared a document on defense cooperation, which will be signed in the near future, Baqeri said, adding that Iran’s Defense Ministry supplied Iraq with the equipment it needed under previous accords.
He also stressed that preparations have been made to strengthen educational, operational and advisory cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries.
In 2014, when Daesh unleashed its campaign of terror in Iraq, Iranian military advisers rushed to the aid of Iraqi armed forces on Baghdad’s request, helping them reverse Daesh’s gains and ultimately liberate their entire homeland from the US-sponsored Takfiri terrorist group some three years later.
Top Iranian anti-terror commander General Qassem Soleimani, who played a key role in eliminating Daesh in the region, was assassinated in a US drone strike upon his arrival at Baghdad International Airport on January 3 at the invitation of the Iraqi government.
‘Iran-Iraq cooperation guarantees regional stability’
Also on Sunday, the Iraqi defense chief held talks with Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani on bilateral, regional and international developments.
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani (C-R) meets with Iraq’s Defense Minister Lieutenant General Juma Anad Saadoun Khattab in Tehran on November 15, 2020. (Photo by Fars news agency)
At the meeting, Shamkhani touched on defense and security cooperation between Iran and Iraq in their fight against terrorism sponsored by the United States and its allies in the region as well as the Islamic Republic’s unwavering support for the liberation of Iraqi cities from Daesh occupation.
“This cooperation guarantees the stability and security of the region and should be deepened to strategic levels,” he said.
One of US objectives in the West Asia is to create rifts and conflicts among regional states, Shamkhani stressed, underlining the need for the regional countries to exercise vigilance against “the sinister plot.”
He also underscored the importance of preserving security along joint borders, warning, “The Islamic Republic of Iran will deal decisively with any component of insecurity that intends to disturb the people of the two countries and their peace.”
Shamkhani further hailed a decision by the Iraqi parliament to expel US troops from Iraq.
Khattab, for his part, hailed Tehran’s support and assistance for his country in repelling terrorism and stressed expanding bilateral relations, especially in military and security sectors.
No third country can affect relations between Iran and Iraq, he said, noting that the experience of the two neighbors in the fight against Daesh showed that any crisis can be overcome through joint cooperation.
Iran warns of ‘crushing response’ if Trump targets nuclear site
Outgoing president reported to have looked at military options against Tehran and its allies
Iran has long been Donald Trump’s bete noire. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
It was reported that Trump last week looked at options for striking Iran’s main nuclear site, but was dissuaded from taking action after his advisers warned it might lead to a larger conflict in the Middle East. The report was sourced to four US officials by the New York Times.
Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei warned against such an attack. “Any action against the Iranian nation would certainly face a crushing response,” he said in remarks streamed on a government website.
Trump is frustrated that his policy of maximum sanctions has not forced Iran back to the negotiating table and has not ruled out other military action against Iranian surrogate forces in the Middle East ahead of his first term ending in January.
He has yet to concede defeat to Joe Biden, but appears to be looking for foreign policy legacy, including the further withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.
According to the New York Times report, US officials told Trump last week that inspectors from a UN nuclear watchdog had reported on Wednesday that Iran’s stockpile of nuclear material increased significantly, and that Iran had barred their access to another site where there is evidence of prior nuclear activity.