Feb 15 2018

Syria becoming battleground for oil war – Turkish paper

Syria is becoming a battleground for nations and factions intent on exploiting the nation’s natural resources, including oil reserves in its eastern region, Turkey’s Yeni Şafak newspaper said in an editorial.

U.S. airstrikes on Feb. 8 against Iranian militia and forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the region of Deir Ezzor have highlighted the struggle for control of Syria’s oil, “revealing the true intentions behind the various interventions in Syria’s affairs, including the U.S., Iran, Russia and the PYD, which has only served to prolong the ongoing conflict,” the newspaper said.

The people’s Protection Forces (PYD) and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an internationally recognized terror group, have been in control of 70 percent of Syria’s oil production, as well as its biggest gas refinery, since ousting Islamic State (ISIS) from areas of eastern Syria, Yeni Şafak said.

The PYD and PKK are continuing oil exploration and extracting oil from newly discovered wells such as Kahtaniyeh, Bardan, Zarba, Saeedeh, Babasi and Alyan, the newspaper said.