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Pentagon: US Troops Not Protecting Oil Fields in Syria

Attempting to distance itself from the previous administration’s policies, the Pentagon said on Monday that US forces occupying northeast Syria are not there to protect oil fields.

When President Trump decided to stay in Syria in 2019, he said it was to “secure” the oil. In 2020, a US energy company inked a deal with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to exploit the oil fields in the region.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the estimated 900 US troops and contractors in northeast Syria are “are not authorized to provide assistance to any other private company, including its employees or agents, seeking to develop oil resources in Syria.”

But Kirby left some wiggle room for soldiers to protect US oil interests and appeared to admit that there are US troops stationed near oil fields in northeast Syria. He said there is an exception for operating under existing authorizations to protect civilians, which Kirby said explains the continued US military presence near oil fields.