On October 13, the Syrian Minister of Economy and Trade, Mohammed Samer al-Khalil, spoke at a news conference about reconstruction and development in Syria after a decade of civil war.
Al-Khalil said losses in the Syrian oil sector through 2020 reached $95 billion. He put losses in the electricity sector at $100 billion. Oil and electricity were the two sectors most targeted by destruction and looting during the fighting, he said.
“’Til today, oil fields continue to be looted under U.S. supervision and by U.S. companies in northeastern Syria and with the cooperation of terrorist groups in the area,” al-Khalil said.
That is false.
To be sure, former President Donald Trump’s repeated boasts that he “kept the oil” in Syria have helped confuse matters. But his replacement, Joe Biden, killed a waiver that had allowed a U.S. oil contractor to operate in Syria. The few U.S. troops there now are only to fight the remaining jihadis in the area.