Daily Sabah – The Turkish Foreign Ministry has condemned an oil agreement between an American company and the terrorist YPG-led administration in northern Syria, saying that country’s natural resources belong to the Syrian people.
In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said the YPG-linked administration’s move has clearly shown its goal to divide Syria and exploit its natural resources.
The ministry also condemned the U.S. government for supporting the deal, which disregards international law and Syria’s territorial integrity, unity and sovereignty and finances terrorism.
The YPG recently signed a deal with U.S.-based Delta Crescent Energy LLC to extract, process and trade oil in northern Syria, according to a statement by the terrorist group.
After announcing the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria twice, President Donald Trump has added more complexity to the American military’s mission in the region by claiming a right to Syria’s oil.
Extending the mission to secure eastern Syria’s oil fields happens to fit neatly in with the Pentagon’s view, supported by some Trump allies in Congress, that a full withdrawal now could hasten a revival of Daesh, even after terrorists lost their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a U.S. raid.
A quiet arrangement has existed between the terrorists and the Syrian regime, whereby Damascus buys the surplus through middlemen in a smuggling operation that has continued despite political differences. The oil was expected to be a bargaining chip for YPG terrorists to negotiate a deal with the Syrian regime, which unsuccessfully tried to reach the oil fields to retake them from Daesh.
The U.S., which has designated the PKK as a terrorist organization, still allies itself with the SDF in Syria, which mainly consists of YPG terrorists. Turkey wants YPG commanders removed from the SDF’s top ranks and Sunni Arabs, together with non-YPG Kurds, included in the lower ranks.
About 70% of Syria’s oil resources lie within the territories currently occupied by the YPG. For example, the terrorist organization holds the eastern part of Deir el-Zour province, located near the Iraqi border, and is one of Syria’s largest energy sources. There are 11 large oil fields on the eastern side of the Euphrates, which cuts the province into two. These oil fields make up around one-third of the energy sources in Syria.