Middle Euphrates River Valley, Syria 0
27 October 2019

President Trump announced the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a U.S.-led raid in north-western Syria. Trump also indicated that “we are leaving soldiers to secure the oil… and we’re securing it for a couple of reasons. Number one, it stops ISIS, because ISIS got tremendous wealth from that oil. We have taken it. It’s secured. Number two… either we’ll negotiate a deal with whoever is claiming it, if we think it’s fair, or we will militarily stop them very quickly”. He went on to remark that “what I intend to do, perhaps, is make a deal with an Exxon Mobil or one of our great companies to go in there and do it properly”.

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