Thursday, February 14, 2019


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U.S.’s Syria Ally Supplies Oil to Assad’s Brokers 
See the Wall Street Journal article, below.

Sandy’s War


"You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end – 
which you can never afford to Lose – with the discipline to confront
the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be."
        - VAdm James Stockdale, USN (1923-2005)

FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (without permission)  See link for full article

U.S.’s Syria Ally Supplies Oil to Assad’s Brokers

Kurdish-led force makes deals with middleman targeted by Western sanctions for aiding regime

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces gathered at an oil field in Deir Ezzour province in eastern Syria as they prepared to fight Islamic State in May.
 Photo: delil souleiman/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
Updated Feb. 8, 2019 3:02 p.m. ET
America’s military ally in Syria has become an important supplier of crude oil to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, showing the gaps in efforts by Washington to put economic pressure on a government it opposes.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, is delivering oil to Qatirji Group, a Syrian broker targeted by U.S. and European sanctions for supplying fuel to Mr. Assad’s government, said a person familiar with U.S. intelligence and a tanker-truck driver transporting the crude.
The oil comes from desert territory in eastern Syria under the control of the SDF, a group of militias working with U.S. troops still stationed in the country. The SDF, with American help, routed Islamic State and controls most of the country’s northeast. It has held most of the region’s oil and gas fields since late 2017.

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