US Military Rolls Back Into Syria

Washington hopes to secure oil fields from ISIS
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2019 4:50 PM CDT
US military convoy drives near the town of Qamishli, north Syria, Saturday, Oct. 26. 2019.   (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)
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(Newser) – Syria, we just can't quit you: As planned, US troops rolled back into the war-torn nation Saturday to help protect oil fields from ISIS, the Washington Post reports. Roughly a dozen Army vehicles with big American flags entered the Deir ez-Zor region to team up with Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and guard oil from ISIS and other non-state actors, US defense officials say. "We will not discuss details or timelines of those forces for security reasons," one tells NBC News. The move comes two days after Trump met with top military advisers who briefed him the value of securing the oil. The US abandoned northern Syria earlier this month, triggering a Turkish attack against the Kurds and a ceasefire brokered by Russia. (A Trump official pointed to alleged war crimes in Syria.)

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