Trump's approval of Syria oil mission raises legal questions: report

Trump's approval of Syria oil mission raises legal questions: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE has given the green light for an expanded military operation to secure expansive oil fields in eastern Syria, according to U.S. officials, The Associated Press reported.

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Sources close to the situation told the AP that the decision came after Trump met with his defense advisers. The new plan would have hundreds of U.S. troops protect a stretch of nearly 90 miles from Deir el-Zour to al-Hassakeh that is currently controlled by Kurdish forces. 

Trump's plan raises the legal question of whether American forces would be able to attack Syrian or Russian forces if they threatened the security of the oil.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.