According to a report from The Associated Press, the Biden administration has decided it will not renew a Trump-era waiver that allowed a US oil company to do business in northeast Syria, where the US has troops deployed.
In 2019, President Trump reversed his decision to pull out of Syria to “keep the oil.” Last year, the US company Delta Crescent Energy inked a deal with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to exploit the oil resources of northeast Syria.
Delta Crescent Energy was issued a waiver to do business in Syria by the Trump Administration in April 2020. An unnamed US official told AP that the Biden administration will not extend the waiver because the White House wants to distance itself from the idea that the US is in Syria only for the oil.
While Biden might not want to appear to be exploiting Syria’s oil fields, keeping the resources out of the hands of the Syrian government is part of the US’s strategy to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Crushing US economic sanctions are preventing the country from rebuilding after 10 years of brutal war, and controlling Syria’s oil adds to the pressure.
The years of war and now the US economic warfare against Syria has had a devastating impact on the civilian population. According to the UN, the number of Syrians that are close to starvation is 12.4 million, or 60 percent of the country’s population.
10 thoughts on “Biden Won’t Extend Trump Waiver for US Oil Company in Northeast Syria”
Good news.. I think.
So, … if keeping the oil away from ISIS type groups isn’t important,
why is the US there at all?
Answer: Assad. Putin. Erdogan.
Yes, the MIC cover story is gone,
and a competent congress would cut funding.
Because we irrationally hate Iran and Hezbollah and want to get Russia out of it’s precious base there. Plus The Kingdoms want us in Syria, Libya, and Yemen.
It was a rhetorical question but you got it right anyway.
What happened there was in essence a smaller replay of the Sykes-Picot agreement for breaking up countries by establishing a Kurdish entity. Like Sykes-Picot it is a brazen western intrusion into the Levant hence is also doomed in the long run. No matter what a future Syrian government will look like, it will demand the return of the oilfields to Syria proper and the ejection of Turkey from Syria. So why not do it now and avoid lots of dangerous cliffs later.
Thank G-d that the U.S. has ditched the KLEPTO-HEGEMONY of lawless state enabled looting of hapless Syria. The gang of Neocon Israeli firsters who found sanctuary in Trump’s ClusterCon of misplaced priorities must.be saddened & moros.
Since the Eisenhower administration, we, the U.S. , have been pursuing a coup in Syria.
Biden has done some good foreign policy stuff. He gained approval from antiwar people like me by withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. I wanted Trump to succeed in his antiwar stuff but he didn’t deliver in the end.
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