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US-led International Coalition expands military base on Syrian-Iraqi border

Editing: Hosam Saleem |
Translation: Nouha Salti

Al-Hasakah - SMART

The International Coalition, led by the United States, expanded its military base on the Syrian-Iraqi border in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)-controlled Yarubiyah area, in the al-Hasakah governorate, Northeastern Syria.

On Friday, a military source in SDF Self-Defense office, reported to SMART that International Coalition brought SDF members to the base and established four new checkpoints in the vicinity of the base site, in addition to equipping it with surveillance cameras.

The source added that the SDF protects the base, and it is likely that a military airport will be established in it. The source mentioned that the base is located eight kilometers south of the city of Yarubiyah between the villages of Um Keif, and Tel Ello, east of al-Hasakah.

Other sources reported that over the past weeks, trucks loaded with logistic and military equipment arrived in the area from the al-Waleed border crossing. The sources estimated that the reason for expanding the base is because it is close to the Iraqi border to facilitate operations against the Islamic State.

On Wednesday, a convoy of 17 trucks loaded with military and logistic equipment, accompanied by six military vehicles, provided from the US military base in Shaddadah, arrived at the International Coalition’s military base of Qasrak, 60 kilometers east of al-Hasakah.

On Apr. 27, 2020, the International Coalition sent reinforcements, escorted by SDF members, coming from Tal al-Baydar base in al-Hasakah to its military base in the Koniko gas field of the Khasham area, 14 kilometers northeast of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria.

On July 16, 2019, the USA announced that it will keep its forces in Northern and Northeastern Syria to continue its military campaign against the IS after it issued a decision last year to withdraw its forces from the region.