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Washington Considers Sending Troops, Armored Vehicles to Syrian Oil Fields

Washington Considers Sending Troops, Armored Vehicles to Syrian Oil Fields

Friday, 25 October, 2019 - 13:30
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper addresses reporters during a media briefing at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., October 11, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott

The US is considering the option to send troops and armored vehicles to help protect oil fields in northeastern Syria controlled by US-allied Syrian Kurds, said Pentagon chief Mark Esper.


Esper said at a news conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels that the Washington wants to ensure that ISIS militants don't get access to the oil. That could allow the insurgent group to obtain resources to rebuild.


The US is considering repositioning US troops and mechanized forces, which include armored vehicles, into the area around the oil fields, he added, the Associated Press reported.


No details were provided about the possible number of troops, but the US will maintain a "reduced presence" in the war-torn country.


Just last week, President Donald Trump was insisting all US forces would leave Syria.


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