The US military is expanding the Kobani Airport runway in order to be able to receive large transport aircraft, the Basnews agency, based in the capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, reported on Monday, citing a source in the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.
“The source, who requested anonymity, revealed to BasNews “The US military is expanding the runway of Kobani Airport, in order to receive the giant aircraft,” confirming the presence of hundreds of technicians and experts and American military personnel at the airport.
The source explained that “the airport runway in the past was 1,100 meters long with the width of 60 meters, and it is expected to be expanded to 1,700 meters long and 110 meters wide,” adding that a four-meter-tall wall will also be erected around the airport,” the article reads.
The report also says that the US military is installing high-frequency radar systems on the hills around the airport in order to protect it from air attacks.
Fighters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) have been allegdly discharged from protecting the area. The airport is now guarded by US troops.
Experts believe that the storm of the ISIS self-proclaimed Syrian capital of Raqqah will push Washington to increase its military presense in the country, deplyoing more troops, artillery pieces and other military equipment.
These forces will likely be redeployed from Iraq after the end of the anti-ISIS operation in the western part of Mosul.