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Not over yet: New US Syria mission after al-Baghdadi death

 

Last updated 11/1/2019 at 4:49am



Robert Burns

The Associated Press

Pivoting from the dramatic killing of the Islamic State’s leader, the Pentagon is increasing U.S. efforts to protect Syria’s oil fields from the extremist group as well as from Syria itself and the country’s Russian allies. It’s a new high-stakes mission even as American troops are withdrawn from other parts of the country.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the military’s oil field mission also will ensure income for Syrian Kurds who are counted on by Washington to continue guarding Islamic State prisoners and helping American forces combat re...



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