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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 TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden 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.