US Congress drafts bill to prevent Pentagon from spending funds on occupying Syrian, Iraqi oil
[ALMASDARNEWS] A new U.S. Congress bill aims to prevent the Pentagon from spending federal funds for the purposes of imposing control over oil fields in Syria and Iraq.

The project came on the heels of the draft military budget for fiscal year 2021, released on Tuesday by the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee.
Golly. They have been flouncing around down there, as if anything they do is meaningful.
The blurb regarding the new draft law states: "It is prohibited to spend money to control oil resources in Syria and Iraq."

This amount, in particular, is estimated at about $700 million, and it is proposed that it be used to provide assistance, and to train foreign security services, gangs, and persons involved in activities aimed at combating the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....

These funds aim, among other things, to support the Iraqi security forces, the Kurdish Peshmerga and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Members of Congress proposed to allocate $1.14 billion to international security cooperation programs, including $150 million to be used to enhance security in the Baltic states, $160 million for programs in Africa, $130 million to help Central and South American countries, and $105 million for "programs with Jordan."

They are proposing to allocate another $3 billion to help the Afghan cops, provided that they are "under the control of a civilian government that protects human and women’s rights and does not allow holy warriors to use Afghanistan’s territory to threaten the United States and its allies."

Adoption of the bill requires approval by the House of Representatives and the Senate in Congress before it is submitted to the president.
Posted by: Fred 2020-07-09