Rojava Kurds sell oil to Assad regime: report

Syria Oil

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) charges in a new┬áreport┬áthat the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)┬áare violating US sanctions┬áimposed┬áunder the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act by┬ásupplying oil and gas to the Bashar Assad┬áregime. The report claims the sales┬ácome to some┬ásix million barrels of oil annually, amounting to profits of $120 million.┬áThe report covers the period┬áfrom enactment of┬áthe Caesar Act in June 2020 through July 2021, and asserts that the oil has enabled “perpetration of atrocious violations” by the┬áregime. The report also warns of┬átoxic pollution caused by primitive oil extraction methods used at the SDF-held oil-fields.

The report states that sporadic operations by US-led Coalition forces to stop oil-smuggling “remain limited and incomplete in nature,” only interrupting the traffic for a matter of days. The SDF has been cracking down on tafficking across the Euphrates River, while apparently selling hydrocarbons directly to the regime-affiliated al-Qatirji Company┬ávia an overland route.

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