On July 30th, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had signed a deal with an unknown US Company to modernize and exploit the Syrian oil fields.
Senator Lindsey Graham: I talked to a general yesterday with SDF. Apparently, they signed a deal with an American oil company to modernize the oil fields in northeastern Syria. Are you supportive of that?
Mike Pompeo: We Are.
Graham: That would be a great way to help everybody in northeastern Syria.
Pompeo: The deal took longer than we hoped and we’re now in implementation and it will be very powerful.
It can be seen and heard that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing that a deal which he described as a “very powerful” was signed between a US firm and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which was backed by the US in the war to oust the Islamic State group (IS) from the region.
On August 2nd, Syria’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement also saying that an American oil company had signed an agreement with Kurdish-led rebels who control northeastern oilfields in what it described as an illegal deal aimed at “stealing” Syria’s crude.
A ministry statement, published on state media, did not name the firm involved in the deal with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Damascus “condemns in the strongest terms the agreement signed between al-Qasd militia (SDF) and an American oil company to steal Syria’s oil under the sponsorship and support of the American administration”, the Syrian statement said. “This agreement is null and void and has no legal basis.”
U.S. President Donald Trump has said that despite a military pullback from northeast Syria, a small number of American forces would remain “where they have oil”. The Pentagon said late last year that oilfield revenues would go to the SDF.
It is now questionable if all the revenues would go to the SDF if an American company is to exploit the fields.
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