A man watches as a Russian armoured vehicle passes through a street in the northeastern Syrian town of Amuda on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Donald Trump shifts focus to Syria oilfields after US troop pull-out

  • US president slammed over tweet saying ‘it is time for Kurds to start heading to the oil region’
  • Pentagon says it will send more forces to eastern Syria to ‘reinforce’ control of oilfields and prevent them from ‘falling back to into hands of Isis’
Topic |   Syrian conflict

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A man watches as a Russian armoured vehicle passes through a street in the northeastern Syrian town of Amuda on Thursday. Photo: AFP
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US Secretary for Defence Mark Esper speaks at the Concert Noble in Brussels. Photo: AFP

US defence secretary Mark Esper slams Turkey over Syria invasion, says it is ‘heading in the wrong direction’

  • Esper lashed out at Turkey, saying its ‘unwarranted’ military assault in Syria jeopardises gains made against Islamic State
  • He also repeated warnings about the increasing threats from China and Russia
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US Secretary for Defence Mark Esper speaks at the Concert Noble in Brussels. Photo: AFP
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