US forces, accompanied by Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters, drive their armoured vehicles near the northern Syrian village of Darbasiyah, on the border with Turkey on April 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMAN
The US-led coalition is building a new base in northeastern Syria, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on February 16, citing local sources
According to the state-run agency, the base is being built 1 km southeast of the village of Ain Diwar, in al-Malikiyah area in the northeastern countryside of al-Hasakah. The area oversees Syria’s border with both Iraq and Turkey.
Local sources told the SANA that reinforcements of the US-led coalition, including construction equipment, had arrived at the base site.
“The aim is to establish a military base in the region, in addition to reinforcing American-occupation points and its bases in the vicinity of oil fields, in order to ensure the continuation of the robbery and looting of Syrian resources,” the sources said.
The SANA noted that the US-led coalition built a new airstrip near al-Omar oil fields in the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor earlier this year.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the SANA’s information on February 20. According to the monitoring group, a unit of the Russian Military Police patrolled the site of the new US base in Ain Diwar.
Earlier this week, a convoy carrying logistic supplies, military equipment and armored vehicles for the US-led coalition entered northeastern Syria from the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.
The recent developments indicate that the US is planning to increase its troops in northeastern Syria. US President Joe Biden voiced his support for long-term military presence in the region during his campaign.
The Syrian Democratic Forces, the US main proxy in Syria, is projected to benefit from any increase of American troops in northeastern Syria. The step, however, will further harm the intra-Syrian peace talks.
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