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BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States will send armored vehicles and combat troops into eastern Syria to keep oil fields from potentially falling into the hands of Islamic State militants, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.
Although Esper did not mention the size of the U.S. reinforcements, it could total several hundred troops because fuel-guzzling tanks and other armored vehicles depend on a large supply and logistical support group.
He made clear the main purpose is to prevent IS from regaining access to Syrian oil
Russia should be sending in soldiers imo.
Syrian government and Russian military police are to control the rest of the 273-mile Syria-Turkey border. They are to ensure that Syrian Kurdish fighters, who were U.S. allies in the fight against the Islamic State group and who freed most of the region of IS, pull 19 miles away from the frontier.
originally posted by: OccamsRazor04
a reply to: Extorris
It's a pickle. We should not be there at all. The problem is Obama destabilized Syria to the point they can't defend themselves, letting the ISIS remnants rebuild would be a mistake. Russia should be sending in soldiers imo.
originally posted by: Stupidsecrets
Oil fuels ISIS. It's how they got so big. If they get the oil they start growing again. They can buy more weapons, pay more recruits. Have to take away their sources of revenue.
So we abandon the Turks who lost thousands of lives fighting ISIS for us?
Adding armored reinforcements in the oil-producing area of Syria could mean sending several hundred U.S. troops