Politics Trump Says U.S. Troops Stayed in Syria 'Because I Kept the Oil'

14:26  15 january  2020
14:26  15 january  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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“ I said keep the oil ,” Mr. Trump recounted. “If they are going into Iraq, keep the oil . They never did. The Trump administration has invoked the same authorization for its own activities in Syria , despite many critics arguing that even the previous administration overreached in citing it to cover the battle

US President Donald Trump said that he thought other countries should be responsible for securing Syria ' s borders, but that US troops are remaining in Syria "just because we're keeping the oil We stayed back and kept the oil . Other people can patrol the border of Syria , frankly, and Turkey let them.

At a Wisconsin rally on Tuesday, President Donald Trump lauded his decision to retain troops in eastern Syria to control oil fields there, despite warnings that such a move could constitute a war crime.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during a © SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images/Getty President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during a "Keep America Great" campaign rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 14, 2020.

The president delivered a characteristically bombastic speech in Milwaukee, touching on multiple foreign policy issues that have come to the fore in recent months.

Among them was America's controversial continued presence in Syria, the recent assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani and subsequent retaliatory missile attacks.

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Donald Trump says US military presence in Syria 'only for the oil ' – live. Following Trump ’ s earlier insistence that his administration was solely interested in “ keeping ” Syrian oil , the US military deployed mechanised military units to oil fields in the east of the country.

Mr. Trump has said American forces must remain in Afghanistan because “a hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum for terrorists, including ISIS and Al Qaeda.” Mr. Tillerson repeated that rationale in outlining the administration’ s decision to keep forces in Syria . He did not say whether other countries

"People said to me, 'Why are you staying in Syria,'" Trump said Tuesday. "Because I kept the oil, which frankly we should have done in Iraq," he added, to cheers and applause from the audience. The president has previously criticized his predecessors for not profiting off Iraqi oil wells.

"So they say, 'Trump's in Syria,' I didn't pull out—I did pull out," the president continued. "We have the oil, really secure. We'll see what happens with it."

Trump's Middle East policy has been erratic, in few places more so than Syria. The president has repeatedly voiced his desire to bring U.S. troops home and disengage from another unwinnable, long-running, low-intensity conflict there.

The president abruptly ordered the withdrawal of U.S. forces from positions in northeastern Syria near the border with Turkey in October.

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Trump Reveals Why Some US Troops Stay in Northern Syria . On 9 October, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring in northeastern Syria to clear Russia, for its part, has repeatedly criticised Washington' s decision to keep its troops stationed at major oil fields in Syria ' s east and northeast

Trump says US ‘never committed’ to Syrian allies, but SecDef says Washington still committed to oil . The future of the 1,000 or so American troops in Syria has remained unclear since the withdrawal was announced, and conflicting reports have circulated as to whether some will stay in

Troops were deployed there alongside the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, which led the campaign against the Islamic State militant group in Syria with U.S. and Coalition support.

Turkish forces invaded soon after, seeking to push Kurdish fighters away from the border region.

Though the withdrawal seemed to mark the end of U.S. presence in Syria, Trump later announced he would retain a force in the east of the country to guard the oil wells there.

American troops are also still deployed in the north of the country, where joint Russian and Turkish patrols now operate.

The official reason for the oil field deployment was to keep the resources out of the hands of ISIS remnants, but the president himself admitted he wanted to bring in American companies to extract the oil.

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President Trump was persuaded to leave at least several hundred troops behind in Syria only when he was told that his decision to pull them out would risk A U . S . official with knowledge of operations in Syria said that Trump ’ s interest in the oil provided an opportunity for the Pentagon, which was

US President Donald Trump says he may leave some forces in Syria to stop oil fields falling into the hands of a resurgent Islamic State group.

In an interview with Fox News last week, the president repeatedly told Laura Ingraham, "I left troops to take the oil. I took the oil. The only troops I have are taking the oil."

Ingraham tried to help Trump walk back his claim, asserting that American forces were protecting rather than pillaging the oil. The president replied, "Well, maybe we will. Maybe we won't."

Experts warned that seizing and profiting from Syrian oil fields could constitute a war crime. But on Tuesday, Trump—who this month threatened to commit war crimes against Iran—celebrated his strategy.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies have said the U.S. is smuggling oil out of Syria for profit. Assad also said last year that American troops risk death by remaining in the war-torn country.

Trump was accused of abandoning America's Kurdish allies and green-lighting the Turkish invasion. The subsequent conflict also strained Kurdish manpower, forcing authorities to underman prisons holding captured ISIS fighters and allowing dozens to escape.

Trump was unapologetic, dismissing the strategic value of the area and claiming the U.S. had no obligation to support the Kurdish-led forces there, who sustained more than 12,000 casualties in the fight against ISIS.

Trump said Tuesday that the continued U.S. deployment around the eastern oil fields will allow him to "help our friends the Kurds, because that's where they got their wealth. And then ultimately it was with ISIS…but right now, it's with the United States military."

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