The U.S. could be planning to establish a new base in a former Syrian air-defense site in the eastern governorate of Deir Ezzor, the Deir Ezzor 24 blog reported on November 2.
A local source told the pro-opposition blog that a convoy of U.S. troops, including advisers and officials, visited the 113th Air Defense Brigade base in northern Deir Ezzor and collected info and photos.
“Information circulating in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, which is under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the International Coalition, say that the Americans intend to convert the 113th Brigade into a new U.S. base,” Deir Ezzor 24 quoted the source as saying.
The 113th Brigade base was one of the biggest sites of the Syrian Arab Air Defense Forces (SyAADF) in northeast Syria. Several Soviet-produced SA-6 air-defense systems and Shilka self-propelled, radar guided anti-aircraft weapon systems (SPAAGs) were stationed there.
In 2013, the base was attacked and captured by a joint force of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria, the al-Nusra Front.
The establishment of a new U.S. base in Deir Ezzor appears to be a apart of Washington’s new policy in northeast Syria, which based on controlling the war-torn country’s oil fields.