US Department of Defense: US troops in Syria no longer protect oil fields

Washington, February 8 (AFP) – a US Defense Department official said on Monday that the US military in Syria focused on cracking down on the remnants of the Islamic state and did not protect the oil fields in accordance with the previous orders of former president trump. < / P > < p > Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the U.S. military has not been involved since a U.S. company signed a contract with Kurds in northern Syria last year to help them extract oil from northeast Syria. < / P > < p > Kirby said that the 900 U.S. military personnel and contractors in the region “are not allowed to assist any private enterprise seeking to develop Syria’s oil resources, including its employees or agents.”. < / P > < p > the only exception, he said, is when U.S. forces in Syria are acting to protect civilians under existing authority, which can explain the continued presence of U.S. forces around the oil fields.