US rebuilding illegal military bases in northeast Syria

2nd Nov 2019
US rebuilding illegal military bases in northeast Syria

By Mohamad Misto and Omer Koparan

 

ANKARA, Turkey, (AA): U.S. troops have begun rebuilding a military base in the south of Ayn al-Arab, or Kobani, which was previously evacuated during Turkey’s anti-terror operation in northern Syria.

According to Anadolu Agency reporters on the ground, nearly 50 armored vehicles and scores of Iraq-registered trucks dispatched by the U.S. military arrived in northern Syria’s Sarrin village via the strategic M4 highway that connects the Syrian districts of Manbij and Qamishli.

The U.S. military bases in Sarrin and Sabit villages around 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of the Turkey-Syria border was previously evacuated and destroyed during Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring.

U.S. troops on Friday also resumed patrols near oil fields in northeastern Syria after an intermission following the launch of Turkey’s anti-terror Operation Peace Spring.

On Oct. 9, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate terrorists from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River in order to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.

On Oct. 22, Erdogan and Putin held a meeting in Russia’s Black Sea resort town of Sochi.

Ankara and Moscow reached a deal under which YPG/PKK terrorists will pull back 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) south of Turkey’s border with northern Syria within 150 hours, and security forces from Turkey and Russia will conduct joint patrols there.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union — has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK.

* Writing by Faruk Zorlu

[Photo taken from Mardin province of Turkey shows U.S. troops on November 01, 2019 resumed military patrols around oil reservoirs in northeastern Syria. Photographer: Muhabiri Ömer Yasin Ergin/AA]

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