Washington is not doing anything illegal by securing oil fields in Syria, US Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey told reporters on Friday.

“I have every belief that it is legal under international law”, Jeffrey said responding to whether he considers the US seizing the oil in the Arab republic legal under international law. “We are doing nothing illegal, the SDF [Syrian Democratic Forces] is continuing to work and control the fields as in the past, we will facilitate that work as part of our overall strategy towards Syria”.

Jeffrey also said that the US military will continue to support the Kurdish-led SDF in keeping the oil out of the reach of the Daesh* terror group.

When asked about the US long-term intention with the oil, Jeffrey said that under the Constitution it belongs to the people of Syria.

About 90 percent of Syrian oil reserves are concentrated to the east of the Euphrates River, the region that was previously a stronghold of the Daesh terror group and is now mainly controlled by Kurds allied with the United States.

In October, in the face of the Turkish cross-border offensive against the Kurdish militants, the United States initially withdrew its forces from northeastern Syria, but later announced that it would keep a small number of troops in the area to protect the oil fields. On 13 November, US President Donald Trump said that his government intended to retain control of the oil fields in northeastern Syria despite scaling down its military presence in the area.

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Source: Sputnik

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2019-11-24 13:42

I don’t think so. No one made the US arbiter of which Syrian faction controls Syrian oil. The Syrian Kurds are not yet in possession of a UN recognized country. That recognition by the UN who is the recognized government of Syria belongs to the one led by Assad. The Americans are guilty of oil piracy – no more and no less. US laws regarding sanctions on Syria are not necessarily UN ones. At the end of day with the Americans preventing the Syrian Government from recovering its own oil fields with the intention of trying to starve the majority… Read more »

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2019-11-24 16:53
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+++ “of a UN recognized country” => UN doesn’t makes countries, and you neither need to be an UN member or getting UN recognition to be a country e.g. Taiwan, in fact, UN may also recognise non-existing countries or entities, e.g. the Malat-Order, Red Cross. Maybe should you read the UN Charter : you may be very surprised! BTW, Iran should be expelled from the UN based on the fact that Iran had persistently violated the principles of the UN Charter by calling for Israel’s destruction, thus meeting the criteria for expulsion defined in Chapter II, Article 6 +++ “The… Read more »

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Stern Daler
2019-11-24 21:10
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at Death 2, BTW,the US should be expelled from the UN based on the fact that the US had persistently violated the principles of the UN Charter by calling for Syria’s government destruction and arming insurgents. The US were not compliant with international law. A/RES/2625(XXV) = Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Co-operation among States in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations. Thus the US meet the criteria for expulsion defined in Chapter II, Article 6.

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2019-11-24 21:15
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@fair, Not the UN but other countries make a country recognized. Quite right Assad is the legal representative and head of of Syria. With declaring IS defeated the US lost all legitimacy to stay.