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Trump Expands Military Mission in Syria Aimed at Controlling Oil Fields

HeadlineNov 07, 2019

In Syria, President Trump has approved an expanded military mission to secure a 90-mile expanse of oil fields in the eastern part of the country, meaning hundreds of U.S. troops will remain in Syria. This comes despite President Trump’s repeated claims he was bringing the troops home. The mission complicates the U.S. troops’ role in Syria and could bring them into direct confrontation with the Russian or Syrian military. Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine condemned Trump’s decision, saying, “Risking the lives of our troops to guard oil rigs in eastern Syria is not only reckless, it’s not legally authorized. President Trump betrayed our Kurdish allies that have fought alongside American soldiers in the fight to secure a future without ISIS — and instead moved our troops to protect oil rigs.”

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