US Built a Sophisticated Military Air Base in Northern Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- A German journalist released several images of a modern airbase that the US army has established in Northern Syria without the agreement of the Damascus government.

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Julian Roubki released several images of a US-established airbase in Northern Syria in his tweeter account for the first time.

Roubki pointed out that the airbase has been set up by the US army without the consent of the Syrian government.

Roubki had earlier informed of such a military airport that he said has been built for supporting the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The three released satellite images indicate that construction operation of the airbase dates back to last April, while the fourth image shows the landing of a US cargo plane on one of the airport’s ready runaways.

Roubki further said that the airbase is located in Northeast Aleppo opposite to the town of Manbij on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River.

The German journalist said that the US set up the airbase to provide back up for the SDF fighters against ISIL and the loyal forces to the Syrian government.

“The significant matter is that the US army has established a modern military airport in Northern Syria to underline its long time back up for the opposition,” Roubki wrote in his tweeter account.

Commander of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) announced on Wednesday that the US Army established seven military bases in regions controlled by the Kurds in Eastern Syria.

Siban Hamou was quoted as saying by al-Sharq al-Awsat that the US army established six military airports and a base on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River, adding that a modern large airport in Kobani (Ein al-Arab) is the most important one of them.

“The US has set up two airports in Hasaka, one airport in Qamishli, two airports in al-Malekiyeh (Dirik), and one more airport in Tal Abyadh at border with Turkey in addition to a military squad center in the town of Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo,” Hamou said.

Hamou went on to say that 1,300 forces of the US-led coalition were deployed in the airports and center.

“We are witnessing reinvigoration of the US military presence in Syria. The US is doing whatever it wants through the assistance of its allied Kurds and in return for separation from Syria.”

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US forces have thus far refused to enter al-Tabaqa military airport that is now under the control of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), fearing that they may come under attack by the Syrian Army troops, tribal sources in the SDF reported on Thursday.

The Arabic-language al-Watan daily quoted a number of tribal forces’ commanders as saying that “handing over the al-Tabaqa base to the US forces is not logical for various reasons”, adding that reconstruction of the airport needs a long time which is impossible for now.

“The second and more important reason is the short distance between al-Tabaqa base and the positions of the Syrian army men,” the sources said, adding that the army soldiers are deployed in regions only 4km away from al-Tabaqa, “so Washington does not intend to accept the risk of deploying its soldiers and planes in the missile and artillery fire range of the Syrian army units”.

A Russian-language daily reported on Saturday that the SDF were to hand over al-Tabaqa airbase in Western Raqqa to the US forces, adding that Washington intended to oust the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Izvestia quoted SDF sources as saying that they would hand over al-Tabaqa military airport, 60km West of Raqqa city, to the US forces.

The Russian Defense Ministry sources also confirmed the revelation.

Some other Kurdish sources also said that based on negotiations between the US forces and SDF, the al-Tabaqa base would be used by the US army.

Syrian Parliamentarian Saji Tomeh, meantime, said that Washington was paving its way to launch an offensive on the Syrian army, adding, “We are witnessing reinvigoration of the US military presence in Syria. The US is doing whatever it wants through the assistance of its allied Kurds and in return for separation from Syria.”

Izvestia also quoted Russian sources as saying that in a recent meeting with Moscow representatives, the US officials insisted on regime change, and refused to start any kind of cooperation with Moscow to end Syria’s crisis before Assad steps down.