Following the withdrawal of US forces from northern Syria earlier this month, American invasive forces in Syria apparently have a new mission, and that is to protect the confiscated and occupied oil reserves.
American mechanized forces have begun deploying at Syrian oil fields, and will respond with “overwhelming force” to protect them against anyone who dares to liberate the Arab territory.
The mission, on its surface, aims to keep these oil fields in the hands of the US-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
When asked whether the US regime would potentially respond with force against Russian or Syrian forces, Mark Esper simply responded “yes.”
Esper’s apparent threat comes hot on heels of Moscow accusing the USA of facilitating the oil smuggling in Syria. Western firms need to cash in on Syria oil and gas reserves.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Major General Igor Konashenkov called the US oilfield operation “state-sponsored banditry,” and accused Washington of leaving its forces there to help oil smugglers drain Syria’s national resources.
The ministry published aerial images on Saturday, that it claims show crude oil being smuggled out of the country “under the strong protection of the hostile US military in Syria.
President Trump had previously promised to bring all of the 1,000 or so US troops in Syria home, after the withdrawal from the country’s north.
However, some will be moved to Iraq, while more will now remain behind at the oil fields. It is still unclear how many troops will stay in Syria.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2019.