In a recent interview with NBC, ex-Vice President of the United States Joe Biden has termed Trump’s decision to leave a chunk of soldiers back in Syria as a ‘sure-shot ISIS training ground.’
In intel which was provided to the US by Kurdish forces, Pentagon was able to eliminate the ISIS leader Abū Bakr al-Baghdadi. But that cannot be seen synonymous with ISIS being wiped out.
With Trump now making a declaration that the elimination of Baghdadi was to be followed by manning oil fields in the eastern Syrian areas, it is looking as if ISIS has the right reasons to recruit and regroup itself.
Trump has made it public that ‘the operation did not make him rethink the decision to withdraw the majority of U.S. troops from Syria.’ In fact, he said, “we are leaving soldiers to secure the oil.”
Syria’s rich oil fields are situated in eastern Syria, primarily in territory controlled by the SDF.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) comprises mostly Kurdish militia and is led by the People’s Protection Units (YPG).
Founded in October 2015, the SDF has had US support and has a clear mission to put up a fight to create a secular, democratic and decentralized Syria.
Syrian oil fields are something that everyone else is also interested in. It is not only ISIS but Russia, Iran, and Turkey who have employed their own strategy to get a hold of this liquid gold.
In the midst of all this, Turkey has kept its intent clear- it only wants the Safe Zone control and was not interested in dealing with ISIS.
On its part, the US had already warned Ankara of a possible target based operation and asked Turkey to remain clear of any unnecessary clashes.
What has now conspired is Trump’s U-turn and return to Syria, only to grab a piece of the oil pie, which has been the bait for the rest of the world.
As Biden put it in his interview, “Russia has a clear power share in Syria, even Iran has a clear shot, Israel should be worried but we are nowhere close to getting the share of the rich oil pie and we should accept that.”
The House of Representatives had voted 354-60 over Trump’s initial decision to withdraw forces from Syria; passed a resolution against his move.
The resolution categorically states that the Congress “opposes the decision to end certain United States efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria.” Trump might not be able to secure anything for America in Syria anymore.
The other nations have been less showy and more strategic in playing their cards, which makes them more viable to get a share of the large oil share in Syria.
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