This Thanksgiving troops are once again ramping up anti-ISIS operations

Jack Murphy
November 28, 2019 - 9:42 am

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After a series of stutter steps, US forces have begun ramping up anti-ISIS operations in Syria once again. 

On Nov. 22 coalition forces conducted clearing operations near Deir ez-Zor. Along with host nation partner forces, the coalition cleared multiple compounds, captured 12 suspected ISIS fighters, and there was also some enemy killed in action, according to a press release from the coalition.

“SOJTF-OIR remains committed to our relentless pursuit of Daesh,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Eric T. Hill, Special Operations Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve commander. “As long as Daesh presents a threat, we must stay vigilant to prevent it, for the sake of the region and our homelands.”

American forces and host nation partners face a persistent threat from ISIS as once the enemy is defeated in conventional military operations, they soon transition to guerrilla tactics, blending in with the civilian population and conducting suicide attacks.

There was a pause in coalition operations since October when President Trump abruptly announced that America would withdraw from Syria. Then, he changed his mind and decided that US forces would stay behind to safeguard oil fields in Northern Syria. “We want to bring our soldiers home. But we did leave soldiers because we’re keeping the oil,” Trump said “I like oil. We’re keeping the oil.”

There is little oil in Syria as the country has never been a major oil exporter, and even less in the area of North-East Syria where American forces are stationed due to the war destroying much of the infrastructure. The Pentagon has stated that any revenue made from the oil fields is for America's Syrian-Kurdish allies. If the US military did take Syrian oil, it would likely constitute a war crime.

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