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Rep. Gabbard Accuses Trump of Wanting to Seize Syrian Oil

Rep. Gabbard Accuses Trump of Wanting to Seize Syrian Oil
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By Staff, Agencies

US President Donald Trump aims to seize oil fields belonging to the people of Syria, US Congresswoman, presidential candidate, Tulsi Gabbard told Fox News.

According to Gabbard, “the task assigned to US troops is to ensure the security of the American people and the US national security and, unfortunately, President [Donald] Trump changed course: if he had previously advocated the return of American troops from Syria to his homeland, now he wants to leave them in Syria not to fight ISIS, but to protect oil fields that do not belong to the United States as these deposits belong to the Syrian people”.

The Syrian people are deprived of the main source of resources and energy that they need in order to survive and begin to build life, she added.

General Mark Milley, chair of the US Chiefs of Staff Committee, said last week that the US intends to maintain control of Conoco’s oil fields in Syria. The Russian Defense Ministry said that the US is smuggling Syrian oil to other countries, caravans are guarded by US private military companies and Special Forces.

Meanwhile, Gabbard introduced a resolution to the House of Representatives on October 31st titled, “Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Syrian Arab Republic that have not been authorized by Congress.”

The idea of the bill is to remove any troops in Syria that do not have Congressional approval to be there, which is all of them. The resolution says, “Congress has not declared war with respect to, or provided any specific statutory authorization for, United States military participation in any activity related to securing, guarding, possessing, profiting off of, or developing oil fields in northern Syria. All of these actions are unconstitutional.”

The resolution also points out that Trump’s new plan to stay in Syria to “secure the oil” is a flagrant violation of international law. The resolution says, “Oil, natural resources, and land in Syria belong to the Syrian people, not the United States.”

Although the House was quick to condemn Trump’s withdrawal from northeast Syria to avoid a confrontation with Turkey, his new plan to “secure the oil” has not come under much scrutiny. The language in Gabbard’s bill would make it tough for any member of Congress to argue against it.