U.S. forces have established a new base in the eastern Syrian governorate of Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on May 8.
According to the UK-based monitoring group, the new base was established near the town of al-Jazarat in the northern Deir Ezzor countryside. U.S. forces shipped loads of supplies to the new base over the last few days.
“More than 300 [supply] trucks entered Syria’s territory in the last few days and headed to the al-Omar oil fields in the eastern Deir Ezzor countryside, later a large number of these trucks headed to al-Jazarat,” the SOHR’s report reads.
The monitoring group also revealed that U.S. forces are currently working to expand their base in the al-Omar oil fields. Large reinforcements are reportedly being deployed in the base.
U.S. forces also sent reinforcements by air and land to their bases in al-Shaddadi and Qasrok in the countryside of al-Hasakah.
The U.S. is reportedly working to solidify its presence in northeast Syria. Last year, U.S. forces withdrew from bases in Aleppo and Raqqa to facilitate a Turkish attack on their ally, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The U.S. influence in the region shrunk as a result of this move.
Now, the U.S. appears to be worried by the growing presence of Russia and Syrian government forces in the northeast. Moscow and Damascus are not only deploying addition forces in the region, but also establishing strong relations with local tribes.