Fact Check: President Trump's Plans For Syrian Oil

Tuesday, 29 Oct, 2019

Russia's defense ministry has rejected claims that the country's military cooperated with a U.S. operation in Syria to kill the leader of the Islamic State militant group.

"This, what Washington is doing now-capturing and maintaining control through the use of arms over oil fields in eastern Syria-that is, to put it simply, international, state-sponsored banditry", he argued, according to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

Trump also said the U.S.is bringing its troops home, although reports Thursday indicated the Army was poised to bring tanks into position to defend oil-rich areas that President Trump boasted about securing.

Reflecting on the Syrian oil's value, Trump went on to say that the United States "should be able to take some", adding, "W$3 hat I intend to do, perhaps, is make a deal with an ExxonMobil or one of our great companies to go in there and do it properly".

Trump has defended his decision to abandon the SDF, saying it was not America's job to police a longstanding conflict between Turks and Kurds, but Esper said that the United States troops remaining in Syria those who remain would be "staying in close contact with the Syrian Democratic Forces, who have fought alongside us".

In a statement announcing the killing of Al-Baghdadi, President Trump thanked Russian Federation for its assistance, as well as Turkey, Syria, Iraq and the Syrian Kurds.

Esper spoke at a news conference at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels, where he consulted with American allies.

Trump has even emphasized that oil is one of the advantages the U.S. will get out of his decision to redeploy and withdraw American troops from Syria.

"There was no place we were going without the SDF, and everywhere we were going was within a wider SDF base", said Dana Stroul, a co-chair of the Syria Study Group.

This newest transfer might imply deploying a number of hundred U.S. troops - whilst an identical quantity are withdrawn from a separate mission nearer to the border with Turkey the place Russian forces have been filling the vacuum.

"From the Russian side, the necessity was emphasized of refraining from steps undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of that county", the ministry said in a statement. However, some will be moved to Iraq, while more will now remain behind at the oil fields.

Earlier this week, Trump said at the White House that he wanted to "keep the oil" for the U.S. USA officials worry that Iran-backed forces in Syria could also capitalize on the chaos.

The Kurdish forces seized control of small oil fields in northeastern Hassakeh province after the government pulled out of most of the Kurdish-majority regions in 2012 to fight rebels elsewhere.

US TROOPS which seized control of oilfields in south-east Syria on Saturday have been accused of "international banditry" by Russian Federation.

Erdogan made the demand just hours after Trump praised the head of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, Mazloum Abdi.