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The U.S. Will Not Give Up Control Of Syrian Oil & Gas

The United States will keep hold of oil and gas fields in eastern Syria and the Al Tanf base in the south under the plan to withdraw troops from the country, the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported on Monday.

According to the Pentagon’s current withdrawal plans, the U.S. will maintain control over the Al Tanf military base near the Syrian-Iraqi-Jordanian border, including by keeping a special forces unit to help the Syrian opposition with intelligence support, Asharq Al-Awsat says.

Another point of the plans for withdrawal includes retaining contractors from private military firms near oil wells and gas plants in the region east of the Euphrates river, which holds 90 percent of Syria’s oil. Under the plan, the U.S. would also move military bases closer to oil wells near the Iraqi border to prevent them from falling into Assad’s hands before any agreements are reached.

The current game plan of the U.S. is to relocate the 1,000 troops from Syria to western Iraq, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Saturday, confirming that some forces will remain at the Al Tanf garrison in the south. 

“Things could change between now and whenever we complete the withdrawal. But that’s the game plan right now,” Esper said. Related: The Oil Rig Count Collapse Continues

The Kurdish SDF forces control most of Syria’s oil. Pre-war, Syria was producing 387,000 barrels of oil per day, 140,000 barrels per day which were exported.

On Friday, President Donald Trump claimed that the U.S. had taken control of the oil in the Middle East, tweeting that “The U.S. has secured the Oil, & the ISIS Fighters are double secured by Kurds & Turkey.”

The President did not elaborate on what he meant by “securing the oil,” but speculations about the President’s statement assume he is referring to US special forces that have been—and will continue to be—in control of oil and gas fields in Deir Ezzor.

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  • Hugh Williams on October 21 2019 said:
    Our regime change war continues. We even do not allow Syria to import rubbing alcohol. Our actions are criminal.
  • Mamdouh Salameh on October 21 2019 said:
    President Trump who fancies himself as a genius in politics and many other fields and yet can’t differentiate between Middle East oil and a few small oil and gas fields in the Deir Ezzor region in Syria, doesn’t realize that his time in Syria is up and that includes his illegal occupation of Syria’s oilfields.

    Moreover, why is he planning to retain contractors from private military firms near Syria’s oil and gas plants. Is it to illegally steal and sell Syria’s oil and gas to pay for the US forces deployed in Syria. The United States invaded Iraq in 2003 under false pretences to steal Iraq’s oil wealth but failed miserably. President Trump continues to blackmail his allies in the Gulf to get money for what he claims protecting them and their oil.

    The United States gatecrashed into Syria and continues to occupy Syria’s oilfields in a spiteful act to deprive Syria of its own oil. Trump doesn’t understand that the Kurdish SDF forces who control most of Syria’s oil and whom he let down are now allying themselves with the government of Syria and will soon be transferring oilfields under their control to the Syrian government in return for protection.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Visiting Professor of Energy Economics at ESCP Europe Business School, London

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