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U.S.-Led Coalition Reinforces Base In Syria’s Oil-Rich Rmelan

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U.S.-Led Coalition Reinforces Base In Syria’s Oil-Rich Rmelan

U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment provide security support during mission on Sept. 9, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Syria. (Cpl. Gabino Perez/Marine Corps)

The U.S.-led coalition has dispatched reinforcements to its main base in the oil-rich area of Rmelan in the northeastern region of Syria.

According to Xeber24, fresh reinforcements arrived in the base on April 2. The base is located near one of the country’s richest oil fields, which can produce up to 90,000 barrels a day.

“International [U.S.-led] Coalition forces sent military equipment and massive logistical supplies to their base in the city of Rmelan, northeast of al-Hasakah,” the Kurdish outlet quoted a local source as saying.

In the last two days, similar supplies arrived in the coalition base in the area of al-Shaddadi in southern al-Hasakah. The area is also located near key oil and gas fields.

The U.S. withdrew its troops from vast parts of northeast Syria last year, facilitating a Turkish offensive on its allies, the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Washington later announced a plan to “guard” oil fields in the region.

Around 500 U.S. troops are now deployed near key oil and gas fields in Deir Ezzor and al-Hasakah. The reinforcements arriving in these areas could be related to recent threats against coalition troops in Iraq, where protective measures are being taken.

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