Syria says US ‘stealing’ oil after American power agency indicators cope with Kurdish rebels

Syria says US ‘stealing’ oil after American energy firm signs deal with Kurdish rebels

The Syrian authorities has accused the US of “stealing” the nation’s oil reserves, which Washington claimed to be defending from terrorists. American lawmakers admitted {that a} deal has been signed with Kurdish rebels.

When President Donald Trump pulled US troops out of Syria final October, it was not the complete withdrawal promised in his anti-interventionist marketing campaign speeches. As an alternative, a contingent was left behind in areas of north Syria managed by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, ostensibly to guard the area’s oilfields from Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS) terrorists.

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Nonetheless, the Syrian authorities has accused the US of pilfering the oil for itself. In an announcement to the state-controlled SANA Information Company on Sunday, the Overseas Ministry condemned a deal signed between an unnamed American oil agency and the SDF, calling the oil extraction “stealing” and the rebels “an affordable puppet within the fingers of the American occupation.”

The ministry added that it might take into account the deal “null and void.”

The federal government in Damascus has lengthy accused the US of looting Syria’s oil reserves. Whereas the troops left behind on the oilfields supposedly stopped the black gold from falling into terrorist fingers, sanctions on the Syrian authorities imply that the US hasn’t handed it over to Damascus both. As an alternative, rumors have circulated that the US quietly offered the oil off to international patrons, with Syrian President Bashar Assad accusing America of flogging the oil to Turkey, simply as Islamic State and Al-Nusra terrorists did beforehand.

Again stateside, President Trump’s assertion that “I saved the oil” did little to dispel these rumors.

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The deal talked about by the Overseas Ministry, although, is acknowledged by Washington. In a Senate Overseas Relations Committee listening to on Thursday, Senator Lindsey Graham mentioned {that a} deal had been signed to “modernize the oil fields in northeastern Syria.” Graham requested Secretary of State Mike Pompeo whether or not the Trump administration supported the deal, to which Pompeo replied “we’re.”

It’s unclear, nevertheless, what “modernization” entails, and whether or not or not any oil will go away Syria.

Earlier than its descent into civil battle, Syria was producing 387,000 barrels of oil per day, of which 140,000 have been exported to patrons together with Germany and Italy. The seizure of its oil reserves, coupled with US sanctions on its power and export industries, have hammered the Syrian economic system. 

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