Why The U.S. Won't Back Down From Syrian Oil Fields

Pentagon says U.S. won't keep revenue from Syrian oil fields

Pentagon says U.S. won't keep revenue from Syrian oil fields

"This is going to the SDF", Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said, using an acronym for the Kurdish-led, US-allied Syrian Democratic Forces.

While Trump has said the mission henceforth is to protect the oil fields, Pentagon officials ended up doing some semantic gymnastics to insist that fighting the IS group was still a USA goal. "We also have had - ever since we went in there, and in fact even before we were in most of that Syria, we were doing it from the air - the mission of denying the oil revenues to Daesh, because this was a major source of Daesh money".

When Islamic State militants controlled the oil fields in 2015, they pumped 45,000 barrels a day worth $1.5 million, funding domestic and overseas attacks, said Rear Admiral William Byrne, vice director of the Joint Staff.

At a Pentagon briefing, Hoffman and Rear Adm. William Byrne, vice director of the Pentagon's Joint Staff, said USA troops, now including mechanized forces sent back into Syria, were guarding wells near the Iraqi border in cooperation with the SDF.

But, as one reporter pointed out, ISIS fighters "have no armor". "One of the ways they would be able to grow that back is by obtaining access to revenue, including the oil fields".

Hoffman replied that the goal was "to prevent a resurgence" of ISIS which would be facilitated if the terrorist group had access to the oil revenue.

The Kurdish commander of USA -allied troops said the US had no choice but to reconsider its draw down, but that the main reason is "definitely not oil".

The officials were reminded by a reporter that "the government of Syria is still, based on global law. This is going to the SDF", Hoffman said, referring to the Kurdish-led.

"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". Operations in "Syria are done under the commander-in-chief's authorities to-with regards to protecting Americans from terrorist activity". "We will NEVER let a reconstituted ISIS have those fields!" "And I -I get your point when you're trying to decouple the ISIS issue from the Syria issue, but it is not a decoupled issue".

Tons of of U.S. troops remain interior Syria, alongside with upright up towards the Turkish border, despite Mr Trump's decision to "let somebody else fight over this prolonged-bloodstained sand".

Hoffman said ISIS is not eliminated, rather, it's weakened from what it once was. "Just to be clear, we've been in this area with the same mission of preventing ISIS from getting those oil fields for the last four years". The first is to keep ISIS from benefiting from the revenue the oil fields provide. This is not a new mission. "That is not -that is not the case".

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