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Trump Says ‘We’re Keeping The Oil’, Pentagon Says Otherwise: Kurds Will Be Its ‘Sole Beneficiary’


Donald Trump said last month, shortly after withdrawing U.S. troops from northeast Syria, that the oil still belonged to the United States.

“We’re keeping the oil — remember that,” Trump said late last month. “I’ve always said that: ‘Keep the oil.’ We want to keep the oil. Forty-five million dollars a month? Keep the oil.” But as Vox’s Alex Ward points out, the US military has other ideas.

On Thursday, Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman contradicted the president’s remarks and said that the U.S. will not get a drop of the Syria oil.

“The revenue from this is not going to the US. This is going to the SDF,” Hoffman said, referring to the Kurdish-led, US-allied Syrian Democratic Forces.

Ward later confirmed from a senior administration official that the SDF will be the “sole beneficiary” of the “sale of the oil from the facilities they control.”

According to international law, stealing the natural resources of a country after it’s been occupied is a war crime.

Take a look at their remarks below:

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