A U.S. military convoy of about 18 armored vehicles and trucks crossed the Syrian-Iraqi border into northeastern Syria earlier today.
The crossing was confirmed by fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and an official with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), according to a CNN report.
The Pentagon declined to give an official comment on troop movements, citing security reasons.
Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper confirmed on Friday that troops would remain in the Deir Ezzor region in eastern Syria to prevent the oil fields from being retaken by the Islamic State.
The US was taking the action to “ensure that we can deny ISIS access to the oil fields,” Esper said. “Because we want to make sure they do not have access to the resources that may allow them to strike within the region, to strike Europe, to strike the United States.”
President Donald Trump had tweeted earlier Thursday the US would continue securing oil fields in Syria.
The Oil Fields discussed in my speech on Turkey/Kurds yesterday were held by ISIS until the United States took them over with the help of the Kurds. We will NEVER let a reconstituted ISIS have those fields!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2019