According to the Syrian media, last week saw representatives of the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) sign an agreement with the American Delta Crecsent Energy LLG oil company to engage in the production and transportation of Syrian hydrocarbons. The company is registered in Wyoming.
Details of the deal are kept under wraps, as well as the Kurdish side representatives. We only know that SDF leader Mazloum Abdi personally asked the US Senate to sign an agreement with any oil company so as to "modernize the oil fields in northeastern Syria." It is also on record that the idea of American engagement in the production of Syrian oil and gas was backed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by approbation of President Donald Trump.
The Pentagon expressed special gratitude to the Syrian Kurds: a representative of the United States Central Command had recently visited a region in northeastern Syria and said the following at a meeting of the Kurdish administration leadership with representatives of the American company: "All the proceeds from the production and sale of hydrocarbons will be spent on improving the infrastructure of fields and strengthening the region's economy."
The agreement mainly covers the al-Ramilan oil fields in northern Hasaka, with its over 1,300 oil and a limited number of gas wells. There are also several deposits on the Euphrates River left bank in the Deir ez-Zor Governorate, all of them located in a territory currently controlled by the Syrian Kurds. Experts estimate that the region is home to some 60% of the explored oil fields and about 50% of the gas ones.
Before 2011, the country produced a daily 360 thousand barrels of oil. Today the rough number accounts for 20 thousand at most. A US Central Command spokesman said two major transport hubs would be created in the region for storage and subsequent transport of oil.
The Syrian government has sharply criticized the United States, accusing it of outright theft of natural resources from an illegally occupied country, violating its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and assisting illegal armed groups.
Turkish President Erdogan give a toughly worded statement against the Syrian Kurds, saying that the proceeds of Syrian hydrocarbon sales will be spent for maintenance and military buildup of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) as successors of the Kurdistan Workers' Party banned in Turkey. At that, the Turkish leader uttered not a word of reflection on the American actions.
The White House was unmoved by the Syrian accusations. The day before the agreement was signed, Donald Trump had mentioned that the US performance in Syria would comply with sanctions imposed against it and that Washington would not let official authorities use natural resources in a territory controlled by the allies.
Thus, ostensibly fighting "Bashar al-Assad's hateworthy regime," Washington is tightening measures against the Syrian state. The US is no longer hiding its policy aimed to divide Syria, limit its sovereignty and undermine national economy. To start escaping the intricate situation, illegal armed groups should be withdrawn from the country's northwestern and northern parts, simultaneously strengthening and reorganizing the army and other security structures with Russia's backing.
This kind of policy will help expel the illegal Turkish and American troops from the country and solve the Syrian Kurds issue.
As for the presence of US military, those can only be "kicked out" by force. Rich with similar examples, contemporary history is likely to repeat. Moreover, anti-American sentiments are growing ripe in the region, which may escalate into sabotage guerilla actions. Significant personnel losses alone are able to move American generals forward in terminating their military presence in Syria or neighboring Iraq.