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Pentagon set to equip three military bases east of Euphrates

Washington has picked up the idea of the Syrian Kurds

Pentagon set to equip three military bases east of Euphrates

Ilham Ahmed has reasoned her request with a threat of Turkey's use of combat aircraft against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) that form the basis of the US-allied Syrian Democratic Forces. The Turkish leadership considers the YPG armed formations a combat wing of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (led by Abdullah Öcalan) and accuses them of terrorist activities.

The Kurdish activist's idea seems to have been picked up in the United States: the Pentagon was just waiting for such a request from the outside as a pretext for further military build-up in Syria. According to West German information from sources close to the American Department of Defense, Washington is about to equip three large military bases east of the Euphrates, one of which is meant to become an air defense firing position area.

Under the pretext of protecting oil field wells from terrorists and Syrian government forces, the Americans brought some 500 marines (withdrawn earlier to Iraq) to the provinces of Al-Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor. President Donald Trump thus seeks to ensure safety of several hundred American employees with private military companies remaining in the oil fields. A few days ago, in an effort to enhance defense potential of military garrisons, ten Abrams tanks were repositioned here from Iraq.

Some influential Arab news outlets claim that the Pentagon plans to initially deploy about 250 and more than 500 troops in the Deir ez-Zor province and in oil-producing areas respectively. In the long run, the number of US troops in the north-east of Syria may be increased.

On November 1, an American unit with five Bradley armored personnel carriers accompanied by a group of Kurdish YPG fighters marched from the Ramilan stronghold towards the Turkish border to the al-Qahtania village and back (east of the Al-Hasakah Governorate) across the area controlled by the Syrian armed forces (Russia). According to the Syrian command, the Americans scouted out the land and a motorway bound towards the borders of Syria, Turkey and Iraq.

Apparently, the American command is not enthusiastic about keeping to coordinate their actions with any of the parties in the Russian-Syrian responsibility zone as stipulated by the Sochi agreements reached between Russia and Turkey on October 22, 2019. There is a good chance that the Pentagon plans to prevent the deployment of units of the Syrian government army and the Russian military east of the city of Qamishli. Separate groups of Kurdish fighters stay on here.

Without a shadow of doubt, recurrent US military raids lacking proper coordination with the Russian command may complicate the situation in the region.

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