Pentagon insists it is not profiting from Syria oil revenue

U.S. military convoy drives near the town of Qamishli north Syria Saturday Oct. 26. 2019

"This is going to the SDF", Hoffman said, referring to the Kurdish-led.

President Trump has vowed to protect Syrian oil fields from ISIS, and the United States may leave 500 troops in northeastern Syria and send in battle tanks and other equipment with the objective to help the Kurds in the area to protect oil fields that used to be controlled by Islamic State during its so-called caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.

Speaking to reporters this Thursday, Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said that the U.S. would not benefitting financially from Syria oil.

"They've moved to a position where they are doing clandestine insurgent operations, but they still have an eye with trying to grow that back and our steps are to prevent that", Hoffman said of the terror group, also known as IS or ISIS.

The goal is to allow the SDF to have "the ability to work on building up their strength on the de-ISIS campaign", Hoffman told a news conference.

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Last year, Syria ranked 75th among oil-producing countries, according to the US Energy Information Administration, with a daily output of 28,000 barrels - a little less than the state of West Virginia.

It's also not what has been sold to the United States by President Trump. Trump has insisted that the USA would be keeping some of the oil for itself, telling crowds recently that it would amount to $45 million a month and that it was always his intention to "keep the oil".

Tons of of United States troops remain interior Syria, alongside with upright up towards the Turkish border, despite Mr Trump's decision to "let somebody else fight over this prolonged-bloodstained sand". They point out that the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force - the post-9/11 resolutions that have been stretched to justify invasions of several countries under the guise of "fighting terrorism" - don't allow the United States to occupy another country's oil fields, given that the U.S. is not at war with Turkey or (officially, at least) Syria. "I like oil. We're keeping the oil". "Keep the oil. We've secured the oil".

The explicit objective of the occupation - guarding the Kurdish-controlled oil fields in northeast Syria not only from terrorists, but from the Syrian government - is illegal under worldwide law, as Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin pointed out on Tuesday.

"I've always said that: 'Keep the oil.' We want to keep the oil".

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