WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon mentioned on Thursday that income from oilfields in northeastern Syria will go to U.S.-backed forces somewhat than america itself.
“The income from this isn’t going to the U.S., that is going to the SDF,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman advised reporters. The SDF stands for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
Throughout a information convention asserting the dying of Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a U.S. raid final month, President Donald Trump had raised the potential for American oil firms taking up the oilfields in northeastern Syria, at present operated by the SDF.
Amid considerations that Islamic State may stage a resurgence within the ensuing energy vacuum, Trump mentioned a small variety of U.S. troops would stay within the space of Syria “the place they’ve the oil,” a reference to oilfields within the Kurdish-controlled area.
Nevertheless, the full variety of U.S. forces is anticipated to quantity within the lots of and probably solely barely lower than the roughly 1,000 that have been in northern Syria when Trump made his shock withdrawal announcement final month.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan mentioned on Thursday america was not fulfilling its pledge to take away a Kurdish militia from a Syrian border area and mentioned he’ll elevate the difficulty when he meets Trump subsequent week.
Through the briefing, Hoffman mentioned he was not conscious of SDF fighters within the space, however mentioned america didn’t have full visibility.
Hoffman added that america expects Turkey to carry to account any Ankara-backed forces who allegedly commit battle crimes in northeastern Syria.
In the identical briefing, the Pentagon mentioned the ceasefire in northeastern Syria was typically holding.
Reporting by Phil Stewart and Makini Brice; Writing by Idrees Ali; Enhancing by Jonathan Oatis