Military Capabilities

UPDATE: US troops to remain in Syria to secure oil fields

01 November 2019

The United States has confirmed it will keep a force equipped with Bradley infantry fighting vehicles inside Syria to help the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) hold oil fields, thereby denying the Islamic State a source of revenue.

“The United States will retain control of oil fields in northeast Syria,” Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said in a 28 October press conference. “US troops will remain positioned in this strategic area to deny ISIS [Islamic State] access to those vital resources and we will respond with overwhelming military force against any group that threatens the safety of our forces there.”

He also noted that the oil would provide the US-backed Syrian SDF with a source of revenue it can use to fund operations and prison camps.

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