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SDF says it captured al-Omar oilfield from ISIL (22.10.2019). "Al-Omar is located on the east bank of the Euphrates River in eastern Deir Az Zor. Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have also gained ground in recent weeks on the west bank of the river, advancing under the cover of Russian air raids."

Former British Ambassador to Syria: UK Complicit in Trump's Syria Oil Grab, 31 Oct-7 Nov
The independent peer Baroness Cox prompted the following exchange with a government minister by putting down a tricky parliamentary question ... itself complicit in harboring and funding terrorists because of [Operation] Inherent Resolve's involvement in pillaging Syria's oil.

The U.S. says it will work with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to `safeguard vital infrastructure' and will route proceeds of oil sales to the SDF to pay for its role, described as being anti-ISIS. What this overlooks is that the oilfields are not in Kurdish areas, which are mainly in the north, near the Turkish border, but in southern Deir Ez Zor province, which is dominated by Sunni Arabs who formed a core constituency for ISIS. This area is not far from Raqqa. The nominally SDF forces in the area, with which the U.S. will have to work, are mainly Arab and notoriously marbled with ISIS fighters. This part of the SDF has been described as `SDF by day, ISIS by night'. Not that they will not make excellent guards. These fighters, far from attacking the U.S., will likely be delighted to find the U.S. not only creating a safe haven for them but funding them as well.

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by Cat on Wed Nov 13th, 2019 at 09:27:24 PM EST

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