DAMASCUS (Dispatches) – U.S.-backed Kurdish militants in Syria have recruited Daesh terrorists they released from prisons, after being transferred to eastern Dayr al-Zawr province’s al-Omar oil field, sources in the field stated.
The sources told Daily Sabah that 60 Daesh terrorists were deployed in the region.
The paper said the terrorists had been released from prisons run by the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Kurdish militant group that is backed by Washington.
"Sources added that the Daesh terrorists [had] received special training and tactics by the YPG before being sent to the oil field,” it added.
The daily further alleged that, "The YPG operates dozens of detention facilities scattered across northeastern Syria, holding about 10,000 Daesh terrorists.”
The al-Omar oil field, which was seized by Daesh back in around 2014, is considered one of the largest fields in eastern Syria. The war-torn country’s pre-war production was at 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) but fell to just around 89,000 bpd in 2020. Up to 80,000 came from areas that are currently under the control of the YPG in the east, where more than 90% of the country’s reserves are located.
Reports indicate that the YPG continues to cooperate with Daesh, while claiming to have hostile relationship with the terrorist group. Another Kurdish militant group that has been largely implicated to have cooperation with the terrorists is the one that is known as the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Reports stating that Daesh terrorists are being released from YPG prisons and camps have been circulating in the media for a while.
Former U.S. president Donald Trump, under whose tenure the U.S.-led coalition devastatingly ratcheted up its operations in Syria, notoriously admitted to Washington’s ambitions for Syria’s crude once in 2019.
"We’re keeping the oil,” he said back then. "I’ve always said that. We want to keep the oil. $45 million a month. We’ve secured the oil …. We’ll be deciding what to do with it in the future.”
Observers say the U.S.’s continued pattern of trying to expropriate Syria’s oil under Trump’s successor Joe Biden reflects Washington’s brazen efforts to hamper the Arab country’s emergence from around a decade of foreign-backed militancy and terrorism.