According to opposition sources, the United States agreed with Jaysh Maghawir al-Thawra to establish a military base in the town of Al-Shaddadi in the southern Hasakah countryside, near the border with Iraq.
Abu Yaqoub, an adviser of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), said last week that the United States plans to build a military base in Al-Shaddadi. Abu Yaqoub said that the aim of the transfer of Jaysh Maghawir al-Thawra members from at Tanf to Al-Shaddadi is to take control of Deir Ezzor.
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops had reached the Iraqi-Syrian border north of At Tanf and prevented the FSA and the US-led coalition troops from reaching the province of Deir Ezzor from the southern direction. However, it seems that the US-led coalition is still determined to do this.
The United States allegedly told Jaysh Maghawir al-Thawra that it was ready to set up the base in Al-Shaddadi and transfer 100 fighters from Jaysh Maghawir al-Thawra to it. According to Abu Yaqoub, the city was chosen because of its proximity to oil fields, indicating the desire of the FSA fighters to return to the illegal oil trade, and the desire of the United States to prevent the SAA from controlling the oil resources.
It’s worth mentioning that the SAA has thousands of fighters and about 100,000 civilians trapped in Deir Ezzour city under the ISIS siege. On the other hand, the FSA work in the trade of oil and arms and smuggling on the Syrian-Iraqi border had been one of the most important factors of the ISIS growth in the area in the past.