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Newly-Deployed U.S. Troops Are Now In Northern Hasakah, Not Oil Fields Area: SANA

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Newly-Deployed U.S. Troops Are Now In Northern Hasakah, Not Oil Fields Area: SANA

A convoy of US forces armored vehicles drives near the village of Yalanli, on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Manbij, on March 5, 2017. Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

Fresh U.S. troops, which entered Syria in the morning of October 26, have settled in a base in the northern al-Hasakah countryside, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

The state-run agency reported that U.S. troops are now stationed inside the Qasrak base on the Tell Tamr-Qamishli highway.

“U.S. occupation forces’ convoy -consists of 13 military vehicles and dozens of soldier-, which entered Syria today, have settled in Qasrak illegal base on Tell Tamr-Qamishli road,” the SANA’s reporter in al-Hasakah said.

Earlier, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the convoy headed towards key oil fields in the eastern governorate of Deir Ezzor. This was not apparently accurate.

On October 19, U.S. forces “booby-trapped” Qasrak base’s facilities. Despite this, the forces are yet to withdraw from the base.

The Pentagon announced that it will reinforce U.S. troops deployed in northeast Syria’s oil fields only. However, it appears that Washington may be planning to keep other positions located away from these fields.

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