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US, Turkey to Set Up More Military Bases in Northern Syria

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Washington and Ankara are going to set up two new military bases in northern Syria.

US, Turkey to Set Up More Military Bases in Northern Syria

Photo: Getty Images / Vyacheslav Oseledko

The US and Turkey are going to set up new military bases in Aleppo and Hasaka provinces in northern Syria, the al-Hadath newspaper and the ARA news agency reported.

According to the al-Hadath newspaper, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) is going to withdraw its forces from its military base in Tal Bidar, located to the north of Hasaka city, in order to allow the US-led coalition establish a new military base there. Reportedly, the new base will be used for receiving and sending land and air cargos with arms.

At the same time, the ARA news agency reported that Turkey also plans to build a new military base in Kaljabrin village, located in northern Aleppo, where the Turkish side has been sending a lot of military hardware from Tal al-Hmar and al-Rai regions, located near the Syrian-Turkish border. Reportedly, Turkey is currently deploying its forces in various parts of Kaljabrin, as well as is building defense barriers, including trenches and barbed wire, there.

In November 2016, it was reported that the US-led coalition intensified its efforts to build a new military base on the Abdul Aziz mount in western Hasaka, which was under control of the Kurdish-led PYD, allied to Washington in northern Syria.

As the Sham Time newspaper reported at that time, Kurdish fighters and US soldiers cut hundreds of trees in Maqloujeh village, located near the Abdul Aziz mount, 30 kilometers to the west of Hasaka, in order to build a landing platform for helicopters of the US-led coalition. After this, the US side started to equip the base.

“A group of US soldiers went to the village on military vehicles every day. But they started to equip the base under the tight security measures of the Kurdish forces in Maqloujeh in recent days. The US forces have separated the base from the village by trenches and soil walls. They have tuned the base and its surrounding areas up to the Sakriyeh ancient citadel into a military zone,” the newspaper quoted its unnamed sources in November of the last year.

In August 2016, the Fars news agency reported, citing unnamed Kurdish sources, that the US deployed tens of its marines in the village of Mabrouka, located in the western part of Hasaka province in northeastern Syria, under the pretext of demining of Ra’s al-Ain city, which was fully controlled by the Kurdish forces. As the sources reported, the US-led coalition set up its military base in one of the buildings of the Syrian power department in Mabrouka, named Housh al-Kahroba.

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