U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff members Gen. Mark Milley hold a news convention at the Pentagon the working day after it was introduced that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. raid in Syria October 28, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia.
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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon emphasised Monday that U.S. troops will safe oil fields in northeast Syria in the wake of ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s dying.
“At the top of Baghdadi’s reign, these oil fields provided ISIS with the bulk of economical resources applied to fund its terror,” Secretary of Defense Mark Esper reported Monday at the Pentagon. “U.S. troops will remain positioned in this strategic region to deny ISIS accessibility to those people critical resources and we will react with frustrating military power against any team that threatens the safety of our forces there,” he added.
“The basic function of securing those people oil fields is to deny those people oil fields accessibility to ISIS in purchase to protect against ISIS from resurgence,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley reported alongside Esper.
On Sunday, President Donald Trump verified Baghdadi’s dying and discovered Syria’s oil as a U.S. nationwide stability precedence. Trump also highlighted a opportunity U.S. electricity market chance by tapping into Syrian oil.
“What I intend to do, possibly, is make a deal with an ExxonMobil or one of our excellent providers to go in there and do it appropriately…and unfold out the wealth,” Trump reported, incorporating that U.S. troops would be tasked with retaining management of the oil amenities.
“[The oil] fueled ISIS, variety one. Variety two, it allows the Kurds – due to the fact it is really essentially been taken absent from the Kurds… And, variety three, it can enable us, due to the fact we really should be able to consider some also,” he reported.
What is much more, the most recent revelation comes as the Trump administration functions to withdraw the U.S. military presence in war-torn Syria.
“Baghdadi’s dying will not rid the earth of terrorism or end the ongoing conflict in Syria but it will unquestionably deliver a concept to those people who question America’s resolve and offer a warning to terrorists who imagine they can hide,” Esper reported.
Previous calendar year, Trump went by means of a similar discussion more than irrespective of whether to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, in the end agreeing to retain them there but only after consistently raising questions about why they really should remain.