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Title: Report: 900 US Troops May Stay in Syria for New Mission
Post by: Rudi Jan on October 31, 2019, 08:57:32 AM
Report: 900 US Troops May Stay in Syria for New Mission

Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:35
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TEHRAN (FNA)- Around 900 US military servicemen may stay in Syria after President Donald Trump declared a complete pullout from the war-torn country, The New York Times reported, citing sources.

According to The NYT, as of this week, at least 500 of the original 1,000 servicemen in Syria have left, and the withdrawal will continue until roughly 250 troops are left, largely deployed to the Syrian Deir Ezzur province.

In addition, mechanized troops are soon expected to join the initial group, bringing the total number of troops for the alleged mission of guarding the oil fields to about 500.

The media outlet combined this figure with the US troops stationed in Washington-controlled zone around its unauthorized military base near al-Tanf in Homs province and revealed that the total number of US servicemen in Syria will amount to about 900.

Following the withdrawal of US forces from Northern Syria earlier this month, and the alleged killing of leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIl, ISIS or Daesh) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Saturday night, American forces in Syria apparently have a new mission to extend their presence in line with Washington's alleged anti-terror campaign to allegedly protect the oil from militant attack which has yet to happen - while Washington had earlier announced that the ISIL is defeated and crushed.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has even threatened Syrian and Russian forces, stressing that the United States will repel any attempt to take oil fields away from Washington-backed militias with “overwhelming force”, whether the opponent is terrorist or even forces backed by Moscow and Damascus.

During the recent weeks, 1,000 American forces retreating from Northern Syria have walked into Nineveh province in Northern Iraq, where they will continue their seemingly endless military presence in the region.

President Donald Trump had recently argued that it was “time to bring our soldiers back home”, a rationale that doesn’t seem to hold up to scrutiny now that the US forces have relocated to war-torn Iraq and then back to Syria.

Then, he changed his mind once again and stated that certain troops will stay, supposedly to prevent the Syrian oil fields falling into the hands of the terror group.

Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday the United States was indulging in smuggling Syrian oil to other countries. He added that the convoys were guarded by US private military companies and special operations forces and oil extraction equipment had been supplied to the site by leading Western corporations in bypassing of all US sanctions.

According to Konashenkov, the contract for transporting oil was executed by the US-controlled company Sadcub set up under the so-called autonomous administration of Eastern Syria. Under the defense ministry’s estimates, the cost of one barrel of oil smuggled from Syria is $38, so monthly revenues of such "private business" exceeds $30mln.

While Washington claims that the move is in the line with its alleged anti-terror campaign in Syria, analysts see it no more than an excuse to impose control over Syria's oil revenues, reminding that the US was well informed of the hazards of ISIL's revival when it abandoned the Kurdish militants and paved the ground for Ankara to conduct its long-waited military incursion into Northern Syria.

Moreover, the United States has a long history of rescuing Takfiri militants, where Syrian government forces and fighters were tightening the noose around the terrorists.

The US and its allies invaded Syria in 2014 under the pretext of fighting terrorism, without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate. Damascus has repeatedly accused Washington of carrying out an illegal occupation of its sovereign territory.

The Damascus government has reiterated that any foreign troops in Syria is regarded as an occupying force and the Syrian government has the right to take all the needed measures to confront it.

R ~ 'new' mission? it's the same mission it always was - to destroy Syria, seize it's natural resources (particularly oil), finance reconstruction with debt, and install a central bank branch to siphon off the wealth of the people. How is that a 'new mission'? Of course the MSM continues to hammer the utterly false 'Osama Bin Ladend' redux tall tale as if it actually happened. A planned distraction by the MIC so no one will publicly challenge the right of the USG to be there for so long and to lie incessantly that they are there on account of the terrorist threats the (((deep state))) brought to bear on Assad and his nation.