UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Pentagon assures that profits from Syrian oil go to the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), not the United States.
“The profit does not go to the USA, it goes to the SDF,” Pentagon spokesman Rat Hoffman told reporters.
On the eve of the State Department spokesman said that oil is used “for the benefit of local communities.”
In turn, Rear Admiral William Byrne, deputy chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Armed Forces, found it difficult at a Pentagon briefing to answer the question of which oil fields are functioning and which are not.
According to him, he does not have specific data on this subject, and a significant part of the infrastructure has been damaged by a long war in the region.
About 90% of Syrian oil production is concentrated on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, which was previously the stronghold and main source of income for the IS terrorists, and now it is mainly controlled by the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) allied US forces.
In October, US President Donald Trump, who had previously announced his intention to withdraw all US forces from these areas, said that some troops would remain to “guard oil” from IS fighters. He noted, “it may be time for the Kurds to move to this oil region,” explaining that “they need money.” At the same time, the president added that “we can make one of our large oil companies go in there and do everything right.”
Later, the head of the Pentagon, Mark Esper, said that the United States will protect oil fields in Syria and will respond by force to attempts to seize them. According to him, American soldiers do not intend to let in either Russia or the Syrian military.
According to the Associated Press Agency, the US military will protect a significant part of the territory controlled by the Syrian Kurds and which extends from Deir ez-Zor to Al-Hasaki. It is already known about the construction of military bases in this territory. Nevertheless, it is noted that the exact extent of the territory has yet to be determined.
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