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Standoff: U.S. troops block Russian forces from capturing Syrian oil field

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Standoff: U.S. troops block Russian forces from capturing Syrian oil field
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In this Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, file photo, U.S. forces patrol Syrian oil fields, in eastern Syria. President Donald Trump's decision to dispatch new U.S. forces to eastern Syria to secure oil fields is being criticized by some experts as ill-defined and ambiguous. But the residents of the area, one of the country's most remote and richest regions, hope the U.S. focus on eastern Syria would bring an economic boon and eliminate what remains of the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad, File)
In this Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, file photo, U.S. forces patrol Syrian oil fields, in eastern Syria. President Donald Trump’s decision to dispatch new U.S. forces to eastern Syria to secure oil fields is being criticized by some experts as ... more >




U.S. troops last weekend reportedly found themselves in a standoff with Russian forces trying to gain access to key oil fields in northeastern Syria.

The Saturday standoff — first reported by Turkish media outlets, citing unnamed local officials in the Turkey-Syria border region — seems to have ended without any shots being fired or any real risk of violence between the two sides. American military personnel reportedly stopped a Russian convoy near the town of Rmelan, and the Russian forces then apparently turned back and returned to their home base.

Still, the near-clash serves as a reminder of the high stakes in Syria, where the U.S. military’s mission involves guarding oil fields and preventing them from falling into the hands of the Islamic State, Russian forces and other actors.
 

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The oil fields are small. ISIS used to sell oil to Turkey from same fields for food, access to Syria and intelligence briefings.
 
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