Oil theft, $200 million a month net income, 500 US troops in Syria just won’t go away

Trump has vowed to end wars abroad during his term. Now, Trump has announced that he will make good on his promise by completely withdrawing troops from Afghanistan by Christmas 2020. This statement has been strongly supported by the Taliban. However, it cannot be ignored that the US military not only has a presence in Afghanistan, but also an illegal presence in Syria. Although Trump had previously ordered the Pentagon to withdraw some of the U.S. troops, there are still about 500 U.S. troops still stationed in Syria, including in Idlib province.

If U.S. forces can announce a withdrawal from Afghanistan, why are they still relying on Syria? Russia has given such an answer. According to United States media sources cited by China Daily, some 500 United States troops are currently stationed in Syria under the guise of assisting the Kurdish armed forces, the Syrian Democratic Army, in their fight against terrorist forces and ensuring the security of the oil fields there. The Syrian government has strongly condemned the so-called “protection of the oilfields” by the U.S. military. Russia, on the other hand, believes that the claim that the U.S. military is protecting the oilfields does not hold water at all, and that the U.S. military is actually using the oil for smuggling purposes, from which it earns more than $30 million, or about 210 million yuan, per month.

210 million dollars a month is a huge amount of money to feed a lot of people. So what does the U.S. military need that much money for? According to the Russian media, the main purpose is to implement the strategy of “feeding the war with war” in order to maintain the presence of American troops in Syria. As we all know, in order to overthrow the Bashar regime, the United States to support the Kurds to establish the armed – Syrian Democratic Army, but to arm these people, can not let the United States out of their own pockets. So the U.S. set its sights on the oil fields of Syria, after all, oil is the only way to make big money, and can fully meet the needs of the Kurdish forces.

In order to extract oil, the US military secretly brought in oil extraction equipment from the country and then shipped the obtained oil to Iraq and other countries for sale in exchange for huge profits.

Why didn’t the EU and UN condemn the US for forcibly occupying oil development in Syria? There are two main reasons, one is that the EU is a close ally with the US and unless the US is massively wrong or violates European interests, the EU will not condemn the US for a small thing in a small, faraway place. The second is that the UN can’t do anything about the US either. The US is currently calling the shots internationally and they don’t give a damn about the UN. The current U.S. policy is America First, America First, and doesn’t care about the norms of international relations or the UN Charter.

The Syrian government has repeatedly condemned the American oil extraction after discovering it, but verbal warnings will not stop the Americans from exploiting it illegally. The reason for this is that the difference in power between Syria and the United States is too great for Syria to gain the status of an equal dialogue with the United States. Now the US elections have given Syria the opportunity to speak out. The current to win the election, to please the voters. Trump has repeatedly said that he will achieve withdrawal from the Middle East, so that the American soldiers fighting the war can return home as soon as possible. But just counting on this Trump’s verbal statement is not reliable, after all, $210 million per month of oil revenue, can enhance the ability of the U.S. military to intervene in Middle Eastern affairs, the U.S. military will not give up easily?

The United States will not be able to withdraw its troops unless the Syrian government can meet the demands of American interests. One such opportunity exists right now. According to the Wall Street Journal, Patel, the top White House official in charge of counterterrorism, rushed to Syria earlier this year, where he met with Syrian President Bashar, who hopes for the early release of U.S. citizens who have been held in captivity for years.

Austin Tice, an American freelance journalist, is reported to have disappeared while interviewing in Syria in 2012; and Syrian-American therapist Majed Kamalmaz disappeared after being stopped at a checkpoint set up by the Syrian government in 2017. In addition, at least four Americans are believed to be in the custody of the Syrian government under unknown circumstances.

However, the United States went to Syria to “retrieve people plan” without much progress, because Syria repeatedly demanded that the United States forces from Syria all withdraw, only then will the release of the hostages. But the United States has always disagreed with this requirement, so the two sides eventually dispersed. Obviously, Syria holds the United States some leverage, resulting in the White House had to lower posture to negotiate, but in the negotiation process, the United States is always reluctant to give up in Syria’s interests, thus leading to the interruption of negotiations.

But then again, the U.S. military belongs uninvited, and its eating on Syrian soil while exploiting the country’s oil and demanding Bashar’s release is a bit too ugly? The U.S. should put aside its hegemonic mindset and return peace to Syria sooner rather than allowing the Americans detained in Syria to continue to suffer!