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US may leave troops in Syria to guard oil fields

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The United States says it may now leave some troops in north-east Syria, not for the benefit of its former allies, the Kurds, but to protect the oil fields there.
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President Trump's abrupt decision to pull US forces out of the area effectively paved the way for a Turkish military offensive against Kurdish forces. But now his Defence Secretary has said some troops may stay behind to guard oilfields from a resurgent Islamic State, which the President has repeatedly claimed to have defeated.
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