US special forces and Kurdish fighters patrol near oil facilities in NE Syria
New video appears to show US armored vehicles patrolling near oil facilities in an area of northern Syria that saw recent heavy fighting between Turkey and Syrian Kurdish forces, and from which American troops had withdrawn.
The video, aired by Kurdistan 24, an Iraqi Kurdish network, showed what appeared to be US special operations forces visiting oil facilities east of the city of Qamishli on Thursday.
A witness says aircraft overhead provided cover as the patrol visited six small oil facilities. The witness spoke on condition of anonymity because of security concerns.
President Donald Trump withdrew US forces from the border area ahead of a Turkish invasion this month, abandoning Syrian Kurdish fighters the US had partnered with against the Islamic State group.
Trump said he wanted out of America’s “endless wars” but would leave US troops in the region to secure oil facilities.
Under a cease-fire agreement, Syrian, Turkish and Russian forces are deploying in different parts of the border region. The presence of US forces near the border would put them in close proximity to all three.
US Air Force Staff Sgt. Zachary Boyer, a military spokesman, says U.S. forces are transiting the area as part of the withdrawal, adding that all operations are “de-conflicted with other forces operating in the region.”
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