Pentagon is planning to send tanks and armored vehicles to Syrian oil fields. Two weeks ago, President Trump ordered virtually all US troops out of Syria. Now, in a stunning reversal, the Pentagon plans to send armored forces to protect oil fields, according to a US official. The deployment of heavy armor to Syria would represent a significant escalation in the fight, requiring a contingent of additional troops to operate and maintain the vehicles, as well as forces to protect their bases. Source 3q.