US President Donald Trump has reiterated the US’s lack of interest in patrolling the Syrian-Turkish border, saying the US’s main interest was in controlling the country’s oil.

“The ceasefire has held very nicely. We’ve kept the oil. We’ve stayed back and kept the oil. Other people can patrol the border of Syria, frankly, and Turkey, let them – they’ve been fighting for a thousand years, let them do the border, we don’t want to do that. We want to bring our soldiers home. But we did leave soldiers because we’re keeping the oil. I like oil. We’re keeping the oil,” Trump said, speaking to reporters on the White House lawn on Friday.

Trump said the US was working effectively with both its Kurdish and Turkish partners, and recalled the recent operation to take out former Daesh* leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, whom he called “maybe the number one terrorist for the last fifty years”. The president added that al-Baghdadi’s second-in-command had also been killed, and said that the US already has “number three in our sights”.

Russia and Turkey began join patrols in northern Syria on Friday, in line with an agreement between Presidents Putin and Erdogan last month facilitating the withdrawal of Kurdish militants to 30 km from the Turkish-Syrian border area in exchange for a halt to the Turkish military operation.

Turkey launched an invasion of northern Syria on October 9, in a stated bid to oust both Daesh terrorists and Kurdish militia, whom Ankara also classifies as terrorists, sparking outrage and condemnation from Turkey’s NATO allies. Turkey’s operation was preceded by the withdrawal of US forces from the part of northern Syria later targeted. President Trump’s critics accused the president of abandoning the US’s Syrian Kurdish allies, who played a major role in liberating northeastern Syria from Daesh between 2015 and 2017. Following the start of the Syria operation, multiple Syrian Kurdish settlements have pledged allegiance to Damascus and called on the Syrian Army to protect them.

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Prior to his comments Friday, President Trump had repeatedly referred to the need to secure and hold Syria’s oil resources, with Pentagon Chief Mark Esper confirming Thursday that US troops’ mission was to “deny” the oil to Daesh and “other actors in the region”.

Trump repeatedly criticised US foreign policy during the 2016 campaign, and even during his days as a private citizen. In 2011, Trump urged the Obama administration to keep troops in Iraq and “keep the oil”. In 2016, he reiterated the need to “take the oil” in Iraq, saying the move would be “reimbursing ourselves,” and “not stealing.”

 

Source: Sputnik

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Sweet Robert
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Bad move. Turks not going to let Kurds get their hands on any oil revenue. Mercs will attack US troops NE Syria oilfields.

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dank fur kopf

The oil isn’t going to the Kurds, they were just bodies with no brains there to catch bullets.

The oil is going to Israel.

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Yes the Kurds have a contract with Israeli business man. Kurds get a cut. ErDOGran will not allow this.

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At Sweet. Good for the Sultan to get a conflict with Israel & co on oil?

No matter who – I will like any dog that bites the ErDog. May ErDog have flees and bites by many.

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ErDog not selling oil to Israel. Kurds were leasing Syrian oil fields to Israelis and ISIS was extorting money from those who buy the oil. YPD leadership is an arm of the PKK which is why Turks had a falling out with the US. They are funneling monies and weapons to the PKK. Although SDF is a mix of Arab, Kurds, and others it’s leadership is YPD. The Dog will be building housing to resettle Syrian refugees in the areas they control. SAA blocked the Dog from the oilfields. Genocide be it soft or hard is still Genocide. This is… Read more »

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@dank, the war finances the war. Not the oil but a cut of the sales price finances the US mercs’ wages. They are bodies that have to finance a living somehow.

p.s. Just like any Jihadi and SAA soldier.

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at sweet, the Jihadi and their Sultan will run foul on someone eventually.

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I’d like Turk mercs daring to attack US militaries, because… B-52s will come for them 🙂

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Bottom line is Turkey has more to offer the US than PKK/YPD/YPG/SDF and have an agreement not to go to war Turkey which is why US had to pull out of all but one of the Turkey/Syrian border towns. The vast majority of these Mercs you complain about were trained and armed by the US.

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Also these merc will be resettled in Turkey/Iraq.