Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told reporters on Thursday that while the United States continues to expand its presence in and around east Syria with an aim of protecting and controlling the oil fields, the U.S. won't be keeping the money.
But a key defense official said Thursday none of the profits has gone into Washington's coffers.
"The revenue from this is not going to the USA, this is going to the SDF", Pentagon chief spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said, referring to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces who led the drive against ISIS in Syria with US support. But the Trump administration first said a small number of troops would return to 'protect the oil, ' in an area hundreds of miles from where CBS News saw them. "So it's preventing ISIS (from getting) it, allowing the Kurds and the SDF in there to have control of it as well".
"Our local SDF allies are reliant upon the oil fields".More news: Republicans tap close Trump ally to serve on impeachment panel
Byrne said the SDF was still joined with the U.S.in the fight against ISIS remnants and "security of the oil fields is a subordinate task to that mission".
U.S. Secretary for Defense Mark Esper waits for the start of a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense ministers at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Oct. 24, 2019. That's still entirely speculative, however, because no USA company has expressed any willingness to extract the oil in the first place.
The U.S. military near the oil fields in northern Syria has every right to defend against other forces if oil is threatened, according to Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman.
Tons of of USA troops remain interior Syria, alongside with upright up towards the Turkish border, despite Mr Trump's decision to "let somebody else fight over this prolonged-bloodstained sand".
Hoffman said ISIS is not eliminated, rather, it's weakened from what it once was. "There's a larger number of militaries operating".More news: The latest on Chelsea trio Mount, Barkley & Rudiger ahead of Crystal Palace
"We don't want ISIS to have access to any revenues whatsoever to become any stronger", she said, citing a 300% increase in the terror group's attacks in Iraqi Kurdistan over the past year.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper recently said the mission of the U.S. troops in Syria was to stop IS accessing oil fields and securing "resources that may allow them to strike within the region, to strike Europe, to strike the United States". A total of about 800 troops will be stationed in the country, with some 600 in the Kurdish-controlled northeast plus the 200 now garrisoned at al-Tanf in the south, anonymous administration officials told the AP. They wouldn't talk with CBS News, but from what we could overhear, it was more of a meet-and-greet than a tactical deployment of USA protection.
Half of IS' 14 global affiliates have now pledged allegiance to Qurashi, including IS affiliates in Afghanistan and Egypt's Sinai peninsula.
Meanwhile, IS media officials signaled again Thursday that the death of former leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was not having any detrimental impact on its global support network.More news: Sinner tees up De Minaur showdown at Next Gen ATP Finals