Pentagon says USA won't keep revenue from Syrian oil fields

Clay Curtis
November 11, 2019

In the same briefing, the Pentagon said the ceasefire in northeastern Syria was generally holding.

"The revenue from this is not going to the US.

We will NEVER let a reconstituted ISIS have those fields!"

Mr Trump acknowledged last month that he changed into as soon as pulling all USA troops out of Syria excluding for a shrimp residual power to find oil fields in the east of the nation. Keep the oil. We want to keep the oil.

"The Oil Fields discussed in my speech on Turkey/Kurds yesterday were held by ISIS until the United States took them over with the help of the Kurds".

The goal is to allow the SDF to have "the ability to work on building up their strength on the de-ISIS campaign", Hoffman told a news conference.

Last year, Syria ranked 75th among oil-producing countries, according to the US Energy Information Administration, with a daily output of 28,000 barrels - a little less than the state of West Virginia.

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The Defense Department Thursday acknowledged that the increasingly complex battlefield in northeastern Syria has been a factor and one of the reasons commanders made a decision to reinforce troops near the oil fields with armored vehicles.

President Donald Trump said on October 6 around 1,000 USA troops were leaving northeast Syria, where they had kept an uneasy peace between neighboring Turkey and Kurdish fighters. "That's why we're there, to help them go away", he said, adding the ultimate number of USA troops charged with guarding the oil fields would be "conditions based".

Have White House officials, eager to placate the easily confused president, told Trump that the United States is keeping Syrian oil, knowing full well that we won't do anything of the kind? Trump has insisted that the United States would be keeping some of the oil for itself, telling crowds recently that it would amount to $45 million a month and that it was always his intention to "keep the oil". "I like oil. We're keeping the oil".

Proceeds from the oil fields under USA control will not go to the United States, rather they will go to the Kurdish allies Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), according to the spokesman. $45 million a month? "The securing of the oil fields is a subordinate task to that mission".

Some former officials and analysts have questioned the extent of the threat IS now poses to the oil fields, arguing the larger danger comes from Syrian government forces, Russian Federation and even Turkey. The expanded mission to secure Syria's oil posed questions as to whether the US military had the legal right to defend against attacks from Syrian, Russian, or other forces should they threaten the oil fields, according to the AP.

AFP with additional input by GVS News Desk.

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