[rtl]Neither ISIS nor Damascus. America puts northern Syrian oil under its protection[/rtl]
[rtl] A US military convoy patrols Qamishli in northern Syria under a poster showing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday
ARBIL (Kurdistan 24) - The United States said it would counter any attempt to wrest control of northern Syrian oil fields from the SDF.
This comes after the US military announced to strengthen its position in Syria with mechanical forces to prevent the seizure of control of oil fields by remnants of ISIS or others.
At a news conference, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper outlined some of his more detailed statements to date on his mission.
"US forces will remain stationed in this strategic area to prevent the Islamic State from reaching these vital resources. We will respond with overwhelming force to any group that threatens the safety of our troops there," Esber said.
Asked if the US military's mission included preventing any Russian or Syrian government forces from reaching the oil fields, Esper said: "The short answer is yes, it already exists."
He noted that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces relied on income from this oil to finance its fighters, including forces guarding prisons holding ISIS fighters.
"We want to make sure that the SDF can access these resources to guard the prisons, arm their forces and help us in the task of defeating the Islamic State," he said.
"So our job is to secure the oil fields."