US intends to deploy forces near Syrian oil fields

This would be the reversal of the previous order of President Trump who insisted that the troops leave the country
11:47, 25 October 2019

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The U.S. armored units could move to stand ground in the area of oil fields in eastern Syria. Such step may be considered as a reversal of Donald Trump’s previous orders to leave the country.

The Guardian released an article on the issue, assuming that "the most likely destination for US armoured units is a Conoco gas plant near the city of Deir Ezzor, the site of a February 2018 clash between US special forces and Syrian regime-backed militias fighting with Russian mercenaries".

U.S. media surmised that the movement of these forces to eastern Syria would take place "relatively soon".

Related: Syria: Assad's troops take abandoned U.S. military base

"The contradiction has been apparent in Trump’s remarks in recent days, in which he claimed the US had “secured the oil” even while withdrawing its forces. “It would mean walling off eastern Syria as a US zone,” Aaron Stein, director of the Middle East programme at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Washington, said of the plan to put tanks around the Conoco plant. “You would have to protect it from the air. You have to supply it and then you have got to protect the road, presumably from Iraq. You can easily see a scenario where we end up with more troops in Syria than we started off with.” On Thursday, Trump added to the confusion on Thursday by tweeting: “Perhaps it is time for the Kurds to start heading to the oil region!”, reads the story.

The British outlet reiterated that Trump's statement add fuel to the fire, wit the fire being the topic of forced deportation of Kurds from Turkey-Syria borderline to Deir Ezzor. This is exactly what Turkish leader Erdogan aims for; his goal, the story says, is to "resettle north-eastern Syria with Syrian Arab refugees to create a buffer zone against Kurdish insurgents". 

Related: Trump’s Syria Trifecta: a win for Putin, a loss for the Kurds and lots of uncertainty for our allies

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