Press TV footage is more eloquent than any word could ever be.
"Blood for oil" - this is how the American Daily Beast website referred to the operation ordered by Donald Trump, who sent two thousand soldiers and thirty Abrams tanks to Syria to protect the oil wells in the country's eastern Deir ez-Zor Governorate controlled by Kurdish militias.
Thus, Trump first brought a thousand soldiers from Syria to Iraq, then sent another two thousand to Deir ez-Zor to produce some 24,000 barrels of oil daily, which pales in comparison to the 2011 pre-war level of 350,000 barrels, a quite modest performance even back in those days. Neighboring Iraq produces 5-6 million barrels of black gold per day. With its oil reserves of 150 billion barrels, that country is an energy treasure trove, just like Iran possessing the second largest reserves in the world after Russia. But unfortunately for Europe, all of this is under an American embargo.
We will keep Syrian oil to prevent it from falling into the hands of ISIS (a terrorist organization banned in Russia), and give it to our companies, President Donald Trump said, once again announcing the elimination of Caliph al-Baghdadi.
At the same time, according to Russian Ministry of Defense data, Syrian oil was constantly extracted and sent in huge quantities by tankers from Syria under the protection of the US troops and private military establishments both before and after the defeat of ISIS. Production and processing of crude oil is carried out with the equipment supplied by major Western companies bypassing all the US sanctions, with export operations conducted by Sadcab, a company controlled by the same Americans. Pure and simple smuggling of oil, the earnings from which, according to Russian intelligence, may exceed 30 million dollars a month transferred directly to the American contractors' private accounts. And Langley should be well aware of that.
Thus, in violation of all the international laws, Washington clearly demonstrates its intention to prevent the construction of any pipeline that could reach Syria and the Mediterranean from Iran via Iraq, and this, among other things, is one of the true reasons behind the proxy war in Syria.
The American flag over the Syrian wells is yet another unambiguous signal by Washington to Europe, Russia and Turkey. The US wants to control the flow of energy resources and distribute economic and political power in the Middle Eastern countries, as well as in Russia and Turkey – the countries that have vigorously declaimed against the occupation of Syrian wells by America after the launch of the Turkish Stream carrying gas to Europe through the Balkans.
"A drop of oil is worth a drop of blood" – this is how Lord Curzon, who decided the fate of Iraqi oil wells in Mosul and Kirkuk at the end of the First World War, put it. It was the first betrayal of the Kurds, and it was measured in barrels of oil. But this time Moscow is not apparently going to stand by.