US President Donald Trump has approved an expanded military mission to ‘secure’ Syrian oil, AP reported on November 6 citing “US officials”.
“The decision, coming after a meeting Friday between Trump and his defense leaders, locks hundreds of U.S. troops into a more complicated presence in Syria, despite the president’s vow to get America out of the war. Under the new plan, troops would protect a large swath of land controlled by Syrian Kurdish fighters that stretches nearly 90 miles (150 kilometers) from Deir el-Zour to al-Hassakeh, but its exact size is still being determined.
Officials said many details still have to be worked out. But, Trump’s decision hands commanders a victory in their push to remain in the country to prevent any resurgence of the Islamic State group, counter Iran and partner with the Kurds, who battled IS alongside the U.S. for several years. But it also forces lawyers in the Pentagon to craft orders for the troops that could see them firing on Syrian government or Russian fighters trying to take back oil facilities that sit within the sovereign nation of Syria.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss internal deliberations,” the report reads.
The US is currently fortifying its positions and boosting troop numbers in the US-occupied oil fields in eastern Syria. If the AP report appears to be true, this will be another indication that the US is not going to withdraw anywhere from Syria despite the “troop withdrawal” hysteria in mainstream media outlets.