On August 25, a source close to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) told the Kurdish news outlet Bas News that the US-led coalition began deploying radar stations at its bases in the governorates of al-Hasakah and Aleppo as a part of a new plan to impose a no-fly zone over northeastern Syria.
“Imposing a no-fly zone that would possibly cover the areas from Manbij to Deir Ezzor requires the installation of such devices in many areas in norther and eastern Syria, epically in the airbases in Kobani and Rmelan, important two point, in which radars were installed,” the source told Bas News.
The source claimed that the decision to establish a no-fly zone over northeastern Syria is directly related to the recent developments, including the ongoing talks between the political wing of the SDF and the Damascus government.
“The no-fly zone is a step towards a stronger return of the U.S. to the Syrian file by consolidating the military presence of the international coalition, led by it [U.S.], in order to confront various parties, including Iran,” the source explained.
Several Kurdish activists confirmed that the US-led coalition had deployed radars in the SDF-held areas. However, the coalition has not commented on these claims so far.