Russia is building up its military presence in the north-eastern part of Syria, near the town of Kamyshly, which is considered the unofficial capital of Syrian Kurdistan. As Turkish state news agency Anadolu reports today, September 14, 30 units of Russian military equipment, which arrived in Kamyshly from Tabka region (Rakka province), have been transferred to this region of the Arab republic.
Armored vehicles and trucks carrying military personnel are stationed at the airport area southwest of the Syrian city. According to Anadolu sources in Syria, up to 75 Russian soldiers have been transferred to Kamyshly as part of the convoy.
Following the Turkish operation “Source of Peace” in October 2019, Russia began to expand the military base at Kamyshly airport. Until yesterday’s transfer in this area of the province of Hasake were at least 200 Russian military, dozens of armored vehicles, and tanks, as well as six military helicopters. According to several sources, Russia plans to increase pressure on the US, whose military controls oil fields in the Rumailan area east of Kamyshly. The Russian troops have tried many times before to take control of the Rumailan oil fields, but each time they came across a U.S. retaliation, Anadolu said.
As reported by the EADaily, the United States is adjusting its policy in Syria to reflect current realities amid strong criticism from Russia, with the State Department calling for the withdrawal of Iranian and Iranian-backed forces from the Arab Republic, but not for the removal of Russian troops from the ATS. With President Donald Trump recently calling the U.S. mission in Syria now “solely oil-related,” hostile forces in that Middle Eastern country and abroad have accused the White House of “stealing” Syrian oil and the opacity of its objectives in the nearly ten-year conflict in the ATS, according to a September publication in the U.S. magazine Newsweek.
Although Trump confessed to “shifting the focus” of the United States from the fight against the terrorist group DAISH (“Islamic State”, IG, IGIL – forbidden in Russia) to Syrian oil, whose fields in the east of the country have been entrusted to the Arab-Kurdish alliance “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDS), officials in Washington have never claimed that his plan was “consistent”. The U.S. State Department also says nothing has changed in U.S. policy toward Syria. But this “sequence” is given a different connotation in the foreign policy department, namely anti-Iranian. “We have very clearly stated our common political goals in Syria,” a State Department representative told Newsweek. – The United States’ political goals toward Syria have been consistent and remain unchanged. This is the long-term defeat of ISIS and al-Qaeda (a Russian banned terrorist organization), an irreversible political solution to the Syrian conflict in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254, and the elimination of all forces supported by Iran.
Meanwhile, it is clear from Moscow’s reaction that it did not appreciate Washington’s “agreement” to “see the Russians in Syria” in the future, Newsweek noted. In a joint statement this month, Russia and Syria condemned the “illegal presence of the United States and its allies in the territories of a sovereign Syrian state. It also condemned the recent granting by U.S. authorities of a license to an American oil company to produce oil in Syria.
Earlier the USA started to form a special unit in Syria to protect oil fields in the areas to the east from the Euphrates River. According to local sources, ethnic Arabs from among militants of “Syrian democratic forces”, whose backbone is formed by Kurdish “Self-Defense Units”, were involved in the special unit. The task of the special unit is to counteract possible attacks by pro-Iranian fighters stationed in Deir ez-Zor province who support Bashar al-Assad’s government forces.