Assad Aide Warns of Operations to Stop US Stealing Syria’s Oil

Aide says Syria must be completely liberated from foreign occupiers

Bouthaina Shaaban, a top aide to Syrian President Bashar Assad, called for “popular opposition and operations against the American occupiers of our oil,” saying Syria must liberate itself from foreign occupiers.

Shaaban sought to clarify that President Trump’s talk of securing Syri’s oil fields really mean “he’s talking about stealing it,” and that the US has absolutely no right to take Syrian oil.

President Trump made it clear in October that his primary, and indeed sole military goal in Syria was to seize the oil. Since then, there is still no sign any US company is willing to participate in that plan, and analysts doubt the US could ever even break even on the effort.

It isn’t surprising that Syria would consider recovering the oil vital, after all it is the only reliable source of revenue to rebuild their economy around. At the same time, with 600 US troops at the oil, along with armored vehicles, it’s not clear that Syria has a realistic chance of recovering the area any time soon.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of