US and Turkey Escalate Military Operations and Plunder

US Sends Military Convoy to Kurdish-Occupied Regions in Hasaka

TEHRAN (FNA)- A US military convoy was sent to the regions occupied by the Kurds near the borders between Hasaka and Turkey after tensions increased between the two sides in Northern Syria.

Sources affiliated to the Kurdish forces reported on Wednesday that a big military convoy, consisting of a large number of advanced US-made weapons and equipment, was sent from the bordering passageway of Simalka to the town of Qamishli near the borders between Hasaka and Turkey.

They added that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are due to use the weapons in battles against Turkey’s invasion of Eastern Euphrates.

The Turkish army had on Wednesday targeted Kobani region in Aleppo and Tal Abyadh region in Northern Raqqa at the borders with Syria.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted sources close to the National Liberation Front (NFL) terrorist group as saying on Monday that while implementation of the Sochi agreement to create a demilitarized zone in Northern Syria has come to a halt, Ankara ordered its allied militants in Idlib and Northern and Western Aleppo to get ready for a major assault on the Kurds in Northern Syria.

It added that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan grew disappointed at Washington’s promises on the Manbij agreement, and Ankara decided to engage in clashes with the Kurds in Eastern Euphrates.

Meantime, local and Kurdish sources in Ein al-Arab (Kobani) in Eastern Euphrates reported that Turkey intends to gain full control over the region to later advance to other regions controlled by the Kurds in Eastern Euphrates.

Erdogan has recently said that the army would kick off a large-scale operation on the Eastern banks of the Euphrates River to purge the region of the Kurdish militias similar to the operation in Afrin.

Ankara-Backed Terrorists Plundering Natural Resources, Artifacts in Afrin

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Ankara-backed terrorists continue occupation of Afrin region in Northwestern Aleppo, stealing the town’s natural resources and antiques.

The Kurdish-language Hawar News reported on Thursday that Ferqat al-Hamzeh, Sultan Murad, Faylaq al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham and other terrorist groups in Afrin have cut the forest trees in the villages and jungles.

It added that a large number of the trees have been sent to Turkey, while several other cargoes have been sold to the Syrian dealers.

The terrorists also cut off and stole olive trees in different parts of Afrin after harvesting them.

According to the report, militants have started imposing their rule over new regions in Afrin, including Tal Haloubiyeh in Shara region and a hill between the village of Marateh and Bablit in Central Afrin, starting measures to extract artifacts and crops.

Turkey-backed militants have intensified plundering historical artifact in occupied Afrin region.

A media outlet reported in October that the militants were also putting children under custody in Northwestern Aleppo to force their family to pay for their release.

The Kurdish-language Hawar news reported that Ankara-backed militias had started excavation operations in Tal Haloubiyeh after looting historical artifacts in Qala Nabi Houri in Afrin.

It further said that Turkey-backed militants have conducted excavation operations in Tal Andara, Tal Jandaris and other historical sites in Akbas square and Albikaseh region in Rajou, adding that the under-excavation sites are on the verge of complete destruction.

Hawar news went on to say that Ankara-backed militants kidnapped a child in Afrin city and asked a hefty amount of money for ransom, adding that over 20 civilians have been arrested by the militants who have asked for almost $20,000 for releasing each.

US Sends Arms to ISIL in Return for Syria’s Artifacts

TEHRAN (FNA)- A leading Turkish newspaper revealed that the US is providing direct military support for the ISIL in Raqqa and al-Tanf regions in trade for Syria’s artifacts.

The Turkish-language website of Yeni Safak, quoting sources, reported on Wednesday that the US troops have been directly delivering material and technical assistance to terrorists in the town of al-Mansourah, which is located in the Northern Syrian province of Raqqah.

A large cache of US-made weapons, specifically shells and ammunition, was also dispatched to the al-Tanf border crossing with Jordan, which lies at the ultra-strategic intersection of the Syrian, Iraqi, and Jordanian borders, it added.

The US, which has a military base in Tanf, is believed to be regularly training terrorists in the area.

The report also said that a US-backed group comprising ethnic Kurds and Arabs have been delivering weapons and material for the US forces.

The sources said that the weapons worth billions of dollars, adding that the ISIL has received the weapons by giving the Americans a large amount of stolen gold and antiques from Syria and Iraq.

It also disclosed that the US commanders in Syria have seized a large number of these antiques for themselves, adding that the ISIL advance in Palmyra in Homs province was also made with the help of the US weapons.

Syrian government forces have frequently discovered US- and Israeli-made bombs and weapons from the terrorists’ strongholds, some of which were extremely rare in the Arab country, during the ongoing anti-terror campaign across the country.

Kurdish Forces Stop Operations in Deir Ezzur after US Backtracks, Turkey Intensifies Attacks

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) withdrew from their positions after the US refused to support them in ISIL attacks and Turkey increased military operations against them.

Field sources in Eastern Syria reported on Wednesday that the SDF had retreated from its strongholds near the town of al-Baqouz near the Syrian-Iraqi borders in Southeastern Deir Ezzur towards the US base in al-Tanak oil field.

Meantime, the SDF announced in a statement that they have stopped operations against the ISIL in Eastern Euphrates temporarily after the Turkish army intensified attacks against the Kurds in Northern Syria.

They claimed that Turkey’s attacks in Northern Syria and the ISIL offensives in Hajin region in Southeastern Deir Ezzur were coordinated, adding that they “will stop their anti-ISIL operations for a long time”.

The SDF withdrew from the borders with Iraq after the US fighter jets did not support them in recent attacks by the ISIL against their positions in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.

Meantime, the Turkish army launched artillery attacks on Kurdish positions at the bordering areas of Raqqa and Aleppo, leaving several SDF forces dead and wounded.

Local sources in Eastern Syria had disclosed last week that the US forces’ backup for ISIL had enabled the terrorists to recapture the entire lands they had lost to the SDF in Eastern Deir Ezzur in the last 2 months.

The Arabic-language website of RT quoted the sources as disclosing that in complete absence of the US-led coalition forces to support the Washington-backed SDF to counter ISIL’s heavy offensive, the terrorists managed to recapture the small but key towns of al-Sousah and al-Baqouz in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.

It pointed to ISIL’s control over al-Baqouz Foqani, and said that ISIL has in the last two days recaptured all the territory it had lost to the SDF in past one and a half months.