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    Syrian War: News #22

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    Post  JohninMK Sat May 22, 2021 12:52 pm

    This is a really important and strategic move by the US. They are pulling out of allowing the upgrading the oil infrastructure in eastern Syria.

    The start and end of a long article, too long to post but very thorough.

    May 21, 2021

    The Biden administration has decided to not extend a sanctions waiver granted by the Trump administration in April 2020 to a little-known American oil company to operate in northeast Syria, according to well-informed sources who spoke to Al-Monitor on condition they not be cited by name.

    Delta Crescent Energy, whose waiver expired April 30, has been given a 30-day grace period to wind down its activities in northeast Syria. The US-protected area is governed by the Kurdish-run autonomous administration of northeast Syria, which is not recognized by Damascus.

    The decision to withdraw the waiver to produce and sell oil in Syria, which remains heavily sanctioned under the Caesar Act, has been presented by administration officials as a policy correction, not a shift. As such, no other companies are likely to be granted waivers, either.

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    “I think [Delta Crescent Energy officials are] hopeful and truly don’t understand the political constraints,” one of the administration sources noted.

    Delta Crescent Energy maintains nonetheless that it has struck two separate deals to sell and transport the oil. Sources familiar with the issue said the first was with an unnamed American company earlier this year for the sale of 5 million metric tons, which is supposed to generate $1.1 billion, and the second one, estimated at $1.23 billion, this month with another unnamed company. One of the sources said that “to facilitate this,” Delta Crescent Energy received transport and export licenses “in order to ensure all trade was conducted within [Office of Foreign Asset Control] license requirements.” But the source was unable to clarify which entity had granted the said licenses; it clearly wasn’t the Syrian government.

    In February, after Biden took office, Delta Crescent Energy did receive an export license from the Department of Commerce to ship the first US-manufactured production equipment to northeast Syria. The equipment included solar-powered meters to monitor the flow of oil from the fields in the Kurdish-controlled zone, the sources said. The sources added that Delta Crescent Energy had set up a physical office in northeast Syria in September 2020 with a staff of around 10 to 15 people.

    Syrian Kurdish sources with knowledge of Delta Crescent Energy’s activities maintain that there is no evidence that the company has embarked on any kind of substantial activity inside northeastern Syria so far. “Their office isn’t even really an office,” one of the sources said.


    https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/05/biden-administration-poised-ax-us-oil-companys-waiver-kurdish-led-northeast-syria

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    Post  slasher Sat May 22, 2021 6:06 pm

    Significant only in terms of public official US policy and approval. Nonetheless, Syrian oil continues to be stolen and transported by third party proxies via Turkey and Iraq all well known and quietly sanctioned by these same states.
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    Post  JohninMK Sat May 22, 2021 10:30 pm

    slasher wrote:Significant only in terms of public official US policy and approval. Nonetheless, Syrian oil continues to be stolen and transported by third party proxies via Turkey and Iraq all well known and quietly sanctioned by these same states.

    Significant as the oil refining infrastructure is now unlikely to be upgraded, They were planning to put a proper refinery in. This really limits what downstream products like kerosene, diesel and petrol can be produced in volume and especially quality so limits the potential revenue and profits. The lower that revenue the fewer hands can be greased so less in it for everyone. Makes eastern Syria less viable. Plus the US forces will have to continue to import all their fuel needs.

    Also if US contractors are not there in numbers constructing and operating, it is probably more likely that there will be more strikes against the oil transport infrastructure.

    This is good news for the Syrian Government.

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    Post  JohninMK Sun May 23, 2021 12:54 am

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    Post  GarryB Sun May 23, 2021 6:57 am

    Syrian Kurdish sources with knowledge of Delta Crescent Energy’s activities maintain that there is no evidence that the company has embarked on any kind of substantial activity inside northeastern Syria so far. “Their office isn’t even really an office,” one of the sources said.

    So what the local Kurds are saying is that so far this setup had not led to any infrastructure improvements by DCE, which is what they are supposed to be doing with the money they make from the Syrian oil they steal.

    Sounds like the US government thinks the stolen oil is being used to earn money to pay for improvements in the region to make the locals happy, but the company they are getting to do this is just pocketing the money instead... hahahaha... no wonder they don't want this to continue...

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    Post  JohninMK Sun May 23, 2021 11:24 am

    GarryB wrote:
    Sounds like the US government thinks the stolen oil is being used to earn money to pay for improvements in the region to make the locals happy, but the company they are getting to do this is just pocketing the money instead... hahahaha...  no wonder they don't want this to continue...

    Clearly a case of the wrong wallets being topped up.

    Also another situation where the US military is being used, when protecting oil and grain convoys, as a low cost and effective security company. Perhaps our local man on the ground can comment on what benefits their are, if any, to said security company?

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    Post  GarryB Mon May 24, 2021 2:12 am

    More precisely the wrong wallets being topped up...

    ie under Trump the correct wallets got the right attention for things to continue, but clearly under Biden they didn't swap accounts to the new people needed to keep the scam... opps... programme operating.

    Either way it is the Syrians that are getting screwed, so this is a good thing.
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    Post  par far Wed Jun 09, 2021 7:19 pm

    GarryB wrote:More precisely the wrong wallets being topped up...

    ie under Trump the correct wallets got the right attention for things to continue, but clearly under Biden they didn't swap accounts to the new people needed to keep the scam... opps... programme operating.

    Either way it is the Syrians that are getting screwed, so this is a good thing.



    Why is it a good thing?
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    Post  par far Wed Jun 09, 2021 7:23 pm

    "Satellite Images: Large Syrian Army Storage Facility Was Wiped Out By Israeli Strikes"


    https://southfront.org/satellite-images-large-syrian-army-storage-facility-was-wiped-out-by-israeli-strikes/






    "Recent Israeli Strikes Claimed Lives Of Seven Syrian Service Members, Including Senior Officer"


    https://southfront.org/recent-israeli-strikes-claimed-lives-of-seven-syrian-service-members-including-senior-officer/




    "Eight Civilians Injured In Homs City Terrorist Attack (Photos)"


    https://southfront.org/eight-civilians-injured-in-homs-city-terrorist-attack-photos/



    Hopefully Syria get to respond to these attacks, the bully thinks he can get away with attacking, if no response is given.

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    Post  PapaDragon Wed Jun 09, 2021 9:58 pm

    par far wrote:
    GarryB wrote:More precisely the wrong wallets being topped up...

    ie under Trump the correct wallets got the right attention for things to continue, but clearly under Biden they didn't swap accounts to the new people needed to keep the scam... opps... programme operating.

    Either way it is the Syrians that are getting screwed, so this is a good thing.



    Why is it a good thing?

    FSA Syrians

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    Post  JohninMK Wed Jun 09, 2021 11:35 pm

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    Post  JohninMK Wed Jun 09, 2021 11:56 pm

    Following the other map above

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    Post  GarryB Thu Jun 10, 2021 6:27 am

    Why is it a good thing?

    It is a good thing they didn't change patrons when the leadership changed so that the deal could continue.

    Because they didn't change the deal is getting killed... which means locals will need to find something else to do with their stolen oil... deals with Assad might allow them to at least make some money at a time when they could do with some.
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    Post  starman Thu Jun 10, 2021 3:22 pm

    par far wrote:"Satellite Images: Large Syrian Army Storage Facility Was Wiped Out By Israeli Strikes"


    Nutanyahu wanted to get in a few last punches before he's gone.


    Hopefully Syria get to respond to these attacks, the bully thinks he can get away with attacking, if no response is given.

    Unfortunately aggression is a reflection of Syrian weakness, and internal preoccupation. Striking back would only give the enemy a pretext to do even worse. Hopefully in the future things will be different. But for now...

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    Post  kvs Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:50 pm

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/how-washington-positioning-al-qaedas-founder-its-rebranded-asset

    March 2021 marked the 10th anniversary of the Western regime-change war on Syria. And after a decade of grueling conflict, Washington is still maneuvering to extend its longstanding relationship with the Salafi-jihadist militants fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    With the northeastern province of Idlib under the control of a self-proclaimed "Syrian Salvation Government" led by the rebranded version of Syria’s al-Qaeda franchise, and protected under the military aegis of NATO member state Turkey, powerful elements from Brussels to Washington have been working to legitimize its leader.

    Kerry already denied that Al Nusra was the Syria Al Qaeda branch under the Obama regime. The US is a sponsor of terrorism.


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