Syrian War Report – April 24, 2018: US Builds New Base, Prepares For Next Phase Of Conflict

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On April 23, according to local sources, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) destroyed an artillery piece of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) with a guided missile near the town of al-Kawm in southern Syria. The IDF confirmed the reports and justified their move by saying that a mortar shell originating from Syria had fallen in the Israeli-held area.

On the same day, the SAA repelled three separate attacks by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militants in northwestern Aleppo and inside the Rastan pocket. The militants had increased their activity across Syria as the SAA operation against ISIS in southern Damascus entered its active phase.

The ISIS pocket in the Yarmouk refugee camp area is slowly crumbling, but it’s still a complicated battle for the SAA and its allies. The Syrian military has deployed a few pro-government Palestinian militias, including Liwa al-Quds, to operate more successfully in this mostly Palestinian-populated area.

Recently, government troops have liberated the districts of Al-Barradi and Al-Barradat as well as the Da’boul street. Warplanes of the Syrian Air Force and the SAA’s artillery have just destroyed a major part of the ISIS defense there.

According to local sources, the Syrian military is aiming to divide the pocket into two parts and to isolate the ISIS-held area.

US troops, who are about to start withdrawing according to the Trump administration, are setting up a new military base in the area between Tell Baydar and Tell Tamr in northern Syria. The military base includes an airstrip of about 1.5km and, according to reports, will be able to house about 1,200 troops.

On April 22, France’s President Emmanuel Macron said that France is seeking to build a “new Syria” with the US help. Earlier, Macron claimed that he had convinced President Trump to keep troops in the war-torn country.

The increasing military presence of the US-led coalition in northern Syria is in line with US’ “soft power efforts” aimed at strengthening its influence and countering Russian and Iranian efforts in the region.

For example, the US Department of State released a statement saying that no assistance should be provided to the areas controlled by the Syrian government. Thus, Washington will oppose any reconstruction efforts in the liberated, government-held part of Syria, and use this issue as a tool of political influence on the situation.

At the same time, the US also seeks to renew the so-called Geneva format of Syria talks, which has achieved nothing to settle the conflict since it was launched. This effort is aimed at countering the Astana format launched by Turkey, Iran and Syria.

Summing up the US-led coalition is expanding its military infrastructure in Syria and is preparing for a new round of the diplomatic military conflict over the country. Washington is also weighing the option of keeping the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group in the Mediterranean Sea for a long time. It’s another clear political move aimed at consolidating allies and projecting power in the region if indeed the US military is not preparing for further strikes against the Syrian government.

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  • MADE MAKER

    THIS PROVES USA never had any INTENTION of LEAVING SYRIA now READY for next PHASE OF CONFLICT

  • Drogba

    The scumbags of the Earth are looking for war.

  • Ron Stead

    What will it take for the US to figure out that they are not wanted and not welcome? This must be an example of what the rule of the NWO ( USA and Israel) will be like.We are taking your land and resourses

    • Boris Kazlov

      They know they are not welcome, but just don’t care as long as they can bribe some useful tools.

  • Rick Costello

    Two words: Cruise Missiles.

    Syria should activate all their air defenses and launch cruise missiles at any US occupation. Unless it costs US lives and the media covers it the Pentagon will NEVER leave.

  • Sadde

    Time to send some French soldiers back on the skewers to silence Napelon

  • EL ZORRO

    “On April 22, France’s President Emmanuel Macron said that France is seeking to build a “new Syria” with the US help. Earlier, Macron claimed that he had convinced President Trump to keep troops in the war-torn country”…TRANSLATION…Macron tell Trump to stay in Syria to help FRANCE establish another Libya french COLONY in Syria with the American soldiers blood.

  • Icarus Tanović

    They’re already there for somwthing like 30 years, and what? Nothing. Attacks on, Syria were failures year ago and now same thing happened.

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    “Soft power” what the hell does that really mean now? If I hear that term one more time in relation to the US’s involvement in Syria I’ll spit the dummy. Soft power used to mean using economic or trade sanctions as means of persuasion, not attacking with cruise missiles and bombing with jets. The approaching warships and the massing of coalition forces on the borders of Syria are not what I’d call soft power either, more like a military ultimatum, but you’d never know it from reading certain articles.
    But Putin keeps inviting them back every time he fails to respond. He’s never once responded adequately to any of the coalitions attacks in Syria, why would they stop when he doesn’t do anything to stop or dissuade them.
    I’ll pose the question no one seems to ask.
    Would Putin start WW3 by blowing a US coalition, Israeli or Turkish jet out of the sky, if they were in the process of attacking Syrian government troops or infrastructure?
    Or would it more likely put an end to any further military aggression by the US coalition and anyone else against Syria, [except for Israel that is, their whole government is more childishly insane than even Trump is and could do anything].
    I personally think it would be the latter, the coalition would continue with their crappy sanctions but would end their military campaign and begin removing their forces right away, yes the Turks too.
    Come on Putin MAN UP.

  • Roger Snellman

    US has already pretty much withdrawn from Syria and relocated in Kurdistan. As for Iran and Russia paying Palestinian fighters to kill ISIS, what a genius move. Two have not peoples that should be fighting their common enemy are instead duped into killing each other. One great example where lose-lose for the poor soldier on the ground is a win-win for Iran/Russia.