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 TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate 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.

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.