U.S. forces have established a new airfield near the town of al-Ya’rubiyah in the northeastern al-Hasakah countryside, the Syrian state TV reported on July 1.
Citing local sources, the channel said the new airfield is located between the village of Umm Kuhif and the Tell Alo silos, 8 km south of al-Ya’rubiyah.
“The American occupation forces and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) units are deploying equipment, logistical materials, erecting concrete barriers, military barracks and asphalting the road leading to silos to serve the new illegal base,” the Syrian TV quoted one of the sources as saying.
According to the Syrian TV report, the new airfield is now being guarded by SDF units, which are stationed in the nearby silos.
Last year, the U.S.-led coalition abandoned a number of airfields and bases in Raqqa and Aleppo to facilitate a Turkish-led attack on the northeastern region. The Russian Military Police took over these positions.
By establishing a new airfield, U.S. forces are trying to solidify their influence in northeast Syria. The U.S. appears to be worried of the ever growing presence of Russian and Syrian government forces in the region.