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US, Turkey Planning to Establish Military Bases in Northern Syria

21 January 2017 12:55



Media sources disclosed that Washington and Ankara are about to set up military bases in two Northern provinces of Aleppo and Hasaka.

The Arabic language al-Hadath news reported that the Democratic Union Party will evacuate its forces from its military base in Tal Bidar North of Hasaka city to pave the ground for the US to establish a new military base in the province.

Meantime, a source said that Tal Bidar base will be used by the US as a new base as arms cargos are arriving in there through land and air.

Meanwhile, ARA news reported that Turkey has also a plan to build a military base in the village of Kaljabrin in Northern Aleppo. Ankara has been dispatching military hardware to the village in large scale.

Turkey has brought military equipment to Kaljabrin from the regions of al-Rai and Tal al-Hmar near the Syria-Turkey borders.

Turkey is deploying forces in different parts of Kaljabrin, erecting defense barriers, including trenches and barbed wire.

Reports said in mid-November that the US forces intensified efforts to build a new military base in a region controlled by the Kurdish-led Democratic Union Party in Western Hasaka.

“The US forces have started to rapidly equip a military base in Jabal (mount) Abdul Aziz in the region under the control of the Democratic Union Party, an ally of Washington in Northern Syria,” the sources said.

Sham Time quoted Zaman al-Wasl as saying that the Kurdish forces with the cooperation of the US soldiers cut hundreds of trees in the village of Maqloujeh near Jabal Abdul Aziz 30 kilometers to the West of Hasaka in order to build a landing platform for US army and US-led coalition forces’ helicopters.

“The US forces started to equip the base after cutting the trees,” the sources said.

“A group of US soldiers went to the village in 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,” they added.

Kurdish sources said in August that the US set up a new military base in Hasaka, Northeastern Syria, under the pretext of demining the region.

“The US has deployed tens of its marines in Mabrouka village in the Western parts of Hasaka province under the pretext of demining Ra’s al-Ain city which is now under the control of Kurdish forces,” sources told FNA.

According to the Kurdish sources, the US forces set up their base in one of the buildings of Syria’s power department in Mabrouka named Housh al-Kahroba.

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