Despite that, oil extraction is being conducted using equipment provided by "leading Amercian corporations", Konashenkov said.
'Our soldiers have left and are leaving Syria for other places, then.
The US used to be taking the circulate to "be sure that that we are able to sing ISIS obtain admission to to the oil fields", Esper acknowledged.
After ordering his troops home, Trump said he will leave up to 300 troops in southern Syria before Esper announced that another residual force was being considered in southeastern Syria to protect oil fields. He added: "We are reinforcing that position. It will include some mechanised forces".
In addition Kurdish fighters will have to pull back from the towns of Manbij and Tal Rifat, both of which lie outside the current area of conflict. This official was not authorized to discuss internal discussions about military planning and spoke on condition of anonymity.
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The move is in line with what President Donald Trump ordered, Esper said at a press conference in Brussels.
With Russian and Syrian forces on the move, any plans to keep a small contingent of U.S. forces in Syria would still represent an uphill battle.
Under an agreement reached earlier this week between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, the Russian troops are also tasked with overseeing the pullback of Kurdish YPG militia units to positions 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Syria's border with Turkey. "America needs to hand over this man to us".
It was the latest sign that extracting the military from Syria is more uncertain and complicated than President Donald Trump is making it out to be. The US president, who previously suggested that Washington should have kept the oil fields in Iraq to "reimburse" itself for its invasion and destruction of that country, responded favorably. That's an area that U.S. military commanders see as critical to holding off an Islamic State resurgence in the region.
The major general further claimed that the revenue from the illegal oil trade goes through the brokerage companies and ultimately lands in the hands of the "American private military contractors and the USA security agencies." . Esper told reporters that the SDF, or the Kurdish-led Syrian Defense Forces, told the United States that all ISIS prisoners were being secured.
White House officials would not clarify whom he was referring to as "knocking".