Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman has assured that the proceeds from the Syrian oil fields under its control would not go to the US, but to its Kurdish allies, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). He added that despite the US withdrawal from the country’s north, announced in October, Washington continues to work with the SDF, providing them with the “ability and support” to fight Daesh*.

The Pentagon spokesman also stated that American commanders stationed near the oil fields in northern Syria have the right to defend themselves against other forces if these come under threat.

“Keeping the Oil” in Syria

Previously, AP reported, citing anonymous US officials, that the White House and Pentagon had decided to leave approximately 800 soldiers to protect the oil fields in the Arab Republic in an area stretching nearly 150 kilometres from Deir ez-Zor to al-Hasakah. According to earlier statements by Defence Secretary Mark Esper, the US will be “defending” them from Daesh* remnants, while US President Donald Trump was more ambiguous, simply saying that the US would be “keeping the oil”.

The sources, speaking to the AP, stressed that it was still unclear to what extent US servicemen would go to fend off Russian or Syrian forces if they decide to return control over the oil wells to their rightful owner, Damascus. Moscow previously condemned the US move to establish a military presence near Syria’s oil fields as “illegitimate” and called for them to be turned over to the Syrian government.

At the same time, the Syrian Army reclaimed one of the oil fields in the country’s northeast, near the city of Qamishli, on 5 November, after losing control over it several years ago, according to a SANA news agency report

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Source: Sputnik

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It is absolutely irrelevant whether the money goes to the US, SDF or Vienna Boys’ Choir, because there is only one legitimate owner – the Syrian people represented by Syrian government!

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Well said . Illegal is illegal.

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at Sweet, yes absolutely and totally illegal – therefore the Turkish Padishah must send his IS 2.0 TFSA Janissaries to reestablish law and order and reclaim the oil revenues for the Turkish lead Ummah – who is the rightful owner. LOL.

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@Jerry, absolutely like U say.

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Right to defend demoncratik isis + co?
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The Sultan will send his IS 2.0 Janissaries called free Syrian army to liberate the oil fields from the US empires crusaders that intend to hand his oil revenues to internationally recognized YPG terrorists. LOL.

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The Ottoman Sultan 2.0 will not like the fact that the US empire wants to give His oil revenues to the Kurdish PKK terrorists. He will send his Jihadi free Syrian army Janissaries to liberate the oil wells and to reclaim his rightful property. LOL.