US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has released certain particulars of Washington’s plot regarding the troop pull-out from Syria to the public.
It should be noted straight away that the author of the ‘plot’ is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The Pentagon is only the executor.
President Donald Trump is true to the practice of amending his decisions: not so long ago he announced a complete withdrawal of the American military from northeastern regions of Syria first, but later claimed otherwise. But let’s start from the beginning…
As of October 22, 2019, the US military forces still keep “observing safety” at facilities located on the territory of provinces Al Hamaka and Deir ez-Zor in Syria’s northeast, as well as at the southern Al-Tanf base on the confluence of Syrian, Iraqi and Jordanian borders. They have evacuated staff from four control and maintenance supply points in the provinces of Raqqa and Aleppo by now.
On the face of it, the doves idea appears to have won over the hawks in the decision on complete abolition of the US' military activities to the northeast of the Euphrates. Nope.
The Yankees-doves are allegedly flying away from Syria, leaving a dirty dovecote after them though. And a plot. Analyze for yourself.
All US military forces withdrawn from Syria’s northeast will be deployed in new home stations in western Iraq in close vicinity to the Syrian borders so that they could return back promptly “to continue the fight against Islamic terrorists” (meaning ISIS, an international terrorist group banned in Russia). The core requirement for deployment of those US garrisons is their vicinity to the main Syrian oil and natural gas fields.
A few hundred armed American employees of private military companies (PMC) currently staying at those fields will maintain presence to ensure that primary resources do not fall under the Syrian government’s control. As Esper put it, “until a respective agreement is signed with Damascus.”
Next. Washington is plotting to maintain the military presence of the ‘Western coalition’ to the east of the Euphrates and continue cooperation with Moscow to avoid incidents with Russia’s combat air force in that region. Meanwhile, provision is made for the US’ withdrawal from that agreement with Russia. In other words, the Americans will be free to decide on the time, place and definition of surface targets for strikes on the Syrian territory in the country’s northeast.
The White House intends to discuss the potential provision of assistance and participation of special security forces in guarding prisons holding Islamic State detainees with its western allies. However, the Americans make no mention of the fact that they could force the governments of friendly states to take their nationals from Syria for investigative activities and trial procedures.
Finally. The Americans will keep interminably the Al-Tanf military base on the confluence of the borders of Syria, Iraq and Jordan and have no plans to lift the ban on combat and civil flights over its territory in a radius of 50 kilometers. According to Pentagon chief, the key goals of that facility is to prevent the delivery of military cargoes from Iran to Syria and any kind of technical scouting by the enemy.
Several hundred amphibious soldiers will ensure security of the military base with the support of pro-American armed groups of the Syrian opposition (up to 30,000 militants) trained by the Pentagon’s specialists.
Much effort will be required to clear out and scrape out the Americans’ waste products in Syria. Because they are the Yankees-doves. They pay lip service calling for restoration of that Arab state’s sovereignty, but in fact do much otherwise
Mark Esper insists that the US is not against fruitful negotiations between leaders of the Syrian Kurds and the government in a bid to “enhance bilateral relations.” However, under the facilitation of the White House, it notes. When leaving, the Yankees promised to retain the Kurds’ political and current economic positions despite running out of control in the area bordering Turkey. Currently the Syrian Kurds control almost all oil-bearing and gas regions of the country, and wouldn’t share natural resources proceeds. Not only did Washington ban them from doing that, but it also warned Damascus about the threat of its possible actions to return state property. There is a good chance that the bulk of proceeds are being spent on the US' military presence. The Yankees wouldn't have it other way.
Meanwhile, the leaders of the Syrian Kurds still seek to gain concessions connected with restricted sovereignty and the state’s territorial integrity, at the negotiations with official authorities. This is precisely why the tough consultations brokered by Russia mainly at the air base of Khmeimim are drawn-out and futile.
But having betrayed just for once… Both parties probably deserve one another in this respect.