Trump said recently about the oil fields in the Kurdish controlled area of Syria:
We’ve secured the oil. If you remember, I didn’t want to go into Iraq. I was a civilian, so I had no power over it. But I always was speaking against going into Iraq. It was not a great decision. But I always said, “If you’re going in, keep the oil.” Same thing here: Keep the oil. We want to keep the oil.
And we’ll work something out with the Kurds so that they have some money, they have some cash flow. Maybe we’ll get one of our big oil companies to go in and do it properly. But they’ll have some cash flow, which they basically don’t have right now. Everybody is fighting. It’s not a big oil area, but everybody is fighting for whatever there is. So we have a lot of good things going over there, and they’re going very well.
Leaving aside the Trump speculation/hope about the future relationship of US companies with the oil fields in Syria, were US companies involved insofar in exploiting those fields in Kurdish-controlled territory in Syria? If so, to what extent?
I'm interested in what happened after the Kurds took over the fields from ISIS. ISIS was able to operate al-Tanak for example, which apparently was their most significant source of oil in 2015. Al-Tanak was captured by the Kurds/SDF in 2017. Al-Tanak is in Deir el-Zour province, and now reportedly under US control. Basically, did the US help the Kurds operate the oil fields they captured?