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The continued bleeding of Syrian antiquities at the hands of Washington and its militants.

The ambitions of the US in Syria aren't limited to the economic aspects represented by the theft of oil resources

The continued bleeding of Syrian antiquities at the hands of Washington and its militants.

The ambitions of the US in Syria aren’t limited to the economic aspects represented by the theft of oil resources, but the list of crimes carried out by Washington and its militants supported by the “SDF” has expanded to affect the Syrian civilization and its history, through systematic thefts that have been exposed, and are still being subjected to various Syrian archaeological sites located within the areas of American influence.

The “mafia” activity of the American forces, in terms of stealing and smuggling antiquities, is concentrated in Al-Hasakah in northeastern Syria, where the American forces use the forces of the “SDF” as a cover to carry out the thefts that affect the Syrian archaeological sites, so they carry out the task of excavating antiquities, provided that the finds are finally handed over to the American forces under the pretext of protecting them.

However, what’s really going on is the transfer of these antiquities with heavy security to the illegal American bases, and then smuggling and selling them outside Syria.

At other times, the American forces carry out excavation and steal the antiquities themselves without coming back to the “SDF” militants, especially in the archaeological hills in the northeast of the country and within the areas where new, unknown artifacts are discovered, or within the sites that contain antiquities and finds high level of importance, as the American forces were quick to cordon off the area and limit the operation to its specialized experts.

As for the sites whose antiquities were stolen by the US and the “SDF” in Syria, most of them are spread in the areas of Al-Hasakah in the northeast of the country, along with other archaeological sites in the countryside of Deir Al-Zour to the east, in addition to the “Manbij” area famous for its antiquities in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo.

The archaeological sites and hills scattered in Al-Hasakah are considered the most affected by American thefts, especially that their number is not small, as Al-Hasakah contains about 1045 archaeological mounds, most of which were exposed to theft and vandalism, especially the southern countryside hills such as “Tal Taban” and “Tal Tannir” and “Tal Al-Shaddadi”, and “Castle of Soukra”.

The sites of “Mansour Dome” and “Al-Madina”, east of Al-Hasakah, also join the list of areas that have been subjected to theft of antiquities by the American forces, in addition to “Talat Ajajah” in the same countryside, which were severely affected by the use of inappropriate mechanisms in the excavations.

As for the village of “Al-Ghra” in the “Jabal Al-Aziz” area, it is considered one of the most affected villages in the countryside of Al-Hasakah as a result of the illegal excavations that were carried out in search of antiquities, especially the archaeological “Sheikh Abdul Aziz Mosque” and the “Al-Barghout” site (the antiquities of the old castle), with “Al-Alajah” site, which contains the remains of an ancient church.

The Syrians also recall the theft of its archaeological hills by the SDF and the American forces, which archaeological sites in Tal Halaf, in the countryside of Ras al-Ain, were subjected to, especially the “Fakhriya” hills, “Buqa” and “Baidar” and other sites near the city of Malikism.

In addition to the archaeological areas that were also stolen by the US forces, the areas of “Tal Ala”, “Tal Muhammad Al-Dhiab” and “Tal Mazakfat” in the countryside of the town of “Al-Qahtaniyah”, and “Tal Arbid” on the road to Hasakah-Qamishli, and “Tal Krersh” in the countryside of Qamishli, in addition to “Tal Brak” and “Tal Laylan”, which are located in the “Brak” area of Al-Hasakah countryside.

Deir Al-Zour has also witnessed several crimes of theft and vandalism of its archaeological sites at the hands of the American forces, the most dangerous of which was in the city of “Al-Basira”, from which an antique mosaic of 12 meters was stolen and transported by the American aircraft to Iraq, in addition to “Sheikh Hamad Hill”, as the SDF stolen dozens of artifacts and transferred them to the American base in the Al-Omar oil field.

The crimes of theft of Syrian antiquities by the US aren’t limited to the eastern regions of the country only, but also appeared within the areas under the control of the “SDF” in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, specifically in the “Manbij” area, which is famous for its abundance of archaeological sites, which is one of the oldest areas of Aleppo.

Among the most important archaeological sites that were stolen in “Manbij” during the period of the American forces’ presence there are the sites of “Umm al-Sarj” mountain and “the cemetery of the Byzantines”, in addition to the archaeological “Castle of Najm” and the ancient “Hammam of Manbij” and the temple of “Heropolis”, which is one of the oldest temples located in the countryside of Aleppo.

The antiquities sector is one of the sectors most affected during the years of the war in Syria, as a result of the repeated thefts carried out by the US and the SDF, the various armed parties and the countries supporting them, including ISIS and Al-Nusra, in addition to the rest of the armed factions supported by the Turkish forces.

The continued bleeding of Syrian antiquities at the hands of Washington and its militants.

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