Trump regime approves the
“stealing” of Syria’s oil
government brokers a deal that would see
Syria’s oil finance a terror group.
By TRT World
August 06, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" - A secretive agreement has been struck
between a US oil company, Delta Crescent Energy, and the
so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in North
Eastern Syria in order to develop and export the
Months after US president Donald Trump
contradicted officials by suggesting that US forces were
for the oil” and vowing that it would “secure
the oil”, the controversial deal lays bare the
American strategy in the region.
The pact has been approved directly by the
America backs the SDF militia in Syria
which is dominated by the PYD/YPG. The YPG is the Syrian
offshoot of the PKK, a group recognised by Turkey, as
well as the US and the EU, as a terrorist organisation.
Who is Delta Crescent Energy?
The little known company at the heart of
this agreement is led by former US government officials
and includes James Reese, an ex officer in the Army’s
elite Delta Force; former US ambassador to Denmark James
Cainand and John P. Dorrier Jr., a former executive at
GulfSands Petroleum, a UK based company that had
previously worked in northeastern Syria.
Reese, one of the partners of Delta
Crescent Energy, has been a strong advocate of US
military presence in Syria.
In 2018, he declared on Fox News "We own the whole
eastern part of Syria...That's ours. We can't give that
This deal also exposes how, under the Trump
administration, the US has blurred the lines between
private and public sectors, raising questions about
ethics and business dealings.
The former political insiders now leading
Delta Crescent Energy were helped in sealing the deal by
the US State Department, which, in turn, helped to
During a committee hearing in Washington, Republican
Senator Lindsey Graham asked Secretary of State Mike
Pompeo whether the Trump administration was in favour of
the deal or not.
"We are," Pompeo responded during the
hearing. "The deal took a little longer ... than we had
hoped, and now we’re in implementation."
The oil agreement has been condemned by the
Assad regime which does not recognise the American
occupation of northeastern Syria, nor the legitimacy of
its local proxies, the SDF.
Syria’s foreign ministry called the deal
illegal and that it was aimed at “stealing” Syria’s
statement went on to add that the Damascus
government “condemns in the strongest terms the
agreement signed between al-Qasd militia (SDF) and an
American oil company to steal Syria’s oil under the
sponsorship and support of the American administration”,
it went on to conclude that “This agreement is null and
void and has no legal basis.”
The Trump administration is unlikely to
approve oil sales to the Damascus regime.
Equally, Turkey has condemned the deal that
has been struck by the US based oil company.
"We deeply regret the US support to this
step, disregarding international law, violating
territorial integrity, unity and sovereignty of Syria,
as well as being considered within the scope of
financing terrorism," Turkey's Foreign Ministry said on
Monday in a statement.
"This act, which cannot be justified by any
legitimate motive, is utterly unacceptable," the
Turkey therefore is an unlikely buyer of
Syrian crude oil, especially if it directly supports an
organisation designated as a terrorist one.
The most likely outlet for the oil in
northeastern Syria, is
likely to be through Northern Iraq, in particular
the Kurdish Regional Government. Since 2014, a murky yet
highly lucrative trade has developed providing a crucial
lifeline for the isolated SDF militia.
reports, the delegation asked the PKK leadership to
step back from northeastern Syria, as well as its
financing and support of the SDF, and in return the US
will take over as the main sponsor of the militia.
America is already known to enjoy close
ties with the SDF leader, Mazloum Kobani, who is also a
member of the PKK.
Kobani, whose real name is Ferhat Abdi
Sahin, is one of Turkey’s most wanted terrorists.
The US support for the YPG in Syria has
become one of the stumbling blocks in bilateral ties
between the two NATO allies.
The Turkish military has launched three
incursions into Syria to fight Daesh and the PKK/YPG.
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