A spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has told Al-Jazeera that US troops have taken control of the Rmeilan airfield in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah. This is supposedly to assist the mostly Kurdish SDF in their fight against ISIS.

The airfield would become the first US-controlled airbase in Syria, however, by illegal means and no coordination with Damascus.

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It is strategically located near the border with Iraq and Turkey in the northeastern tip of Syria.

“Under a deal with the YPG, the US was given control of the airport. The purpose of this deal is to back up the SDF, by providing weapons and an airbase for US warplanes,” Taj Kordsh, a media activist from the SDF told Al Jazeera on Tuesday.

“This airport was previously controlled by the YPG for over two years now. This strategic airport is close to several oil bases – one of the biggest in this area.

“Rmeilan airport was previously used for agricultural purposes by the Syrian government,” he said.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor also reported on Tuesday that the US had taken control of the airbase.

Sourcing activists, the Observatory said the airfield is still being prepared for use by the US.

These reports are yet to be confirmed by the United States.

 

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Maureen Callahan
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NEVER TRUST THE U.S. THEY ARE ISRAEL’S FILTHY b***h.

Ireland Supports Syria
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Why does every other Nation in the world, except the US, UK and Israel get away with breaking international law? Yankie go home!

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Assad should drop a few bombs on that air strip so the US airforce can’t use it. A friendly reminder of who’s country it is.

Petrus Romanus
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American foreign policy in Syria was (to say the least) comical. Obama is a good person: in domestic policy he has made egregious things, but in foreign policy he has made the world laugh. Now, let’s see if the US has learned the lesson.

Petrus Romanus
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P. S .: the map is completely busted 😉

Joebeeasy Teasy
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Joebeeasy Teasy

Come on w*f now

Anthony Farrell Boonstra
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Anthony Farrell Boonstra

Who was in controle before that and now what happens?

Fadi Al Saoub
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Fadi Al Saoub

Don’t control yet but they want that thanks to the f*****g SDF
The government and russia will stand against that
or there will be another russian airbase in Qamishly airport

Angel Garcia
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Angel Garcia

Pero aquí que está pasando el ejército sirio luchando como leones contra los terroristas mientras los kurdos se aprovechan de ello y hacen pactos con los americanos para que estos ocupen un aeropuerto militar en el norte de Siria más concretamente en la zona petrolera y para colmo Turquía invade una o dos ciudades sirias alguien me lo puede explicar

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Dr. James Padgett

Hopefully, Russia will tell the U.S. to get the h**l out of the airbase. This is typical U.S. arrogance/hubris. It does not even have the legal right to be in Syria in any way….shows NO RESPECT for the Syrian government. Typical U.S. foreign policy: If we want to and can..we will (especially if it is pushing a smaller country around to get what we want.”

Dave Black
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Btw, the US already has the use of 3 airbases in southern Turkey.

Dave Black
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Dave Black

Btw, the US already has the use of 3 airbases in southern Turkey.

Michael Nordahn Clausen
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Michael Nordahn Clausen

Really… Its stil Syrian Ground..
w*f are the US doing…starting WW3….

Phillip Crandall
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Phillip Crandall

America runs this s**t bitches USA USA USA

brent
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supply depot for FSA ISIS ISIL,best to have Russia pound the h**l out of the airport along with surrounding area the place is a rat haven

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Karel Vd Geest

It is a good development as it will be an obstacle for interference by Turkey. Syria has not complained and the US only attacks IS, which suits Syria.

Russia now also wants an airbase there. It will become quite busy there.

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