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US troops in Syrian oil fields do not defend Kurds from Turks

Aldar Xelil a Kurdish senior foreign affairs official reported that the US had assured him that US troops will stay in the oilfield area in eastern Syria between Derik and Terbespiya.

Trump at odds with others in claiming US in Syria only for oil

President Trump's new position on the Syrian War simplifies matters but only by ignoring the position of lawmakers and the Pentagon on why the US is there. However, it avoids criticizing Turkey and its occupation of the Syrian safe zone.

US reported to be building two bases near Syrian oil fields

Local sources in eastern Syria report that the US appears to be preparing to build two substantial military bases in the Soor area which is close to major oilfields that the Trump administration claims it will retain.

Op-Ed: Russia claims US will sell oil monthly worth millions from Syria

Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for Russia's Foreign Ministry accused the United States of "criminal activity" associated with President Trump's plan to deploy US troops to guard the oil fields in eastern Syria

Op-Ed: Trump may deal with Exxon-Mobil or others to tap Syrian oil

US President Donald Trump said yesterday that he is interested in making a deal with Exxon-Mobil or some other energy company to tap Syrian oil reserves in areas not controlled by the Syrian government.

Op-Ed: US may keep some troops in Syria to secure oil and please Israel

According to US Defense Secretary Mark Esper some US troops are still embedded with Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in sites near the oilfields in northeastern Syria. Esper says the US is thinking of keeping them there to defend the oil.

Pentagon claims Syria withdrawal contributing to ISIS resurgence

Washington - Last year, the Pentagon was very public in its opposition to President Trump's plan to withdraw all troops from Syria last year. They are still opposed to it and are trying to paint the withdrawal as causing a resurgence of terrorist groups in Syria.

Op-Ed: U.S. will stay in Syria indefinitely as Trump approves new policy

Just five months ago Trump said that he wanted to get out. He has now completely changed his tune and approved a new strategy that allows for an indefinitely extended military stay in Syria.

Op-Ed: Defeat of Islamic State will not end conflict in Syria

While the U.S.-supported Syrian Democratic Forces are confronting the Islamic State in eastern Syria and beginning to enter the strategic city of Raqqa, the Syrian Army has been taking control of positions in their rear further west.

Op-Ed: U.S. downing of Assad aircraft ups tensions with Russia in Syria

Russia has said that it will now consider US warplanes operating in parts of Syria where its forces are also present as "targets" after the U.S. downed a Syrian jet.

Op-Ed: Many competing narratives about the Syrian chemical attack

A US government report in a declassified intelligence assessment that it is confident that the Syrian regime conducted a chemical weapons attack using the nerve agent sarin.

Turks claim to have killed over 70 Kurds in Syria over a week

A statement by the Turkish military claimed that Turkish troops have killed at least 71 fighters from Kurdish YPG during the past week in Syria. They also claimed that since invading Syria they have killed 425 Kurds.

Op-Ed: New plan may involve sending regular U.S. ground troops to Syria

Washington - A anonymous defense official told CNN that the U.S. Defense Department might suggest that the U.S. send conventional ground troops to Syria in order to accelerate the fight against the Islamic State there.

U.S. to send 250 more troops to Syria but no mission creep

Washington - Although the Pentagon admits it is sending 250 more troops to Syria, it denies that this represents any mission creep in the war against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. The deployment is said to be needed simply to meet current requirements.

Op-Ed: Free Syrian Army facing increased desertions financial problems

Aleppo - Those groups loosely linked together as part of the Free Syrian Army(FSA) are experiencing high levels of desertion and low morale due to low pay and poor conditions.

U.S. pays Syrian rebels up to $400 per month to fight IS

Washington - The US is now paying the rebels it is training to fight Islamic State militants in Syria. Training of the first 90 fighters began in May.

Op-Ed: U.S. bombing of Al-Nusra Front has disastrous results

Damascus - The U.S. has in effect opened a new front against Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria, a move that has already created disastrous results for moderate rebels the US hopes to train and arm.
 

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