The U.S. has decided to expand the two largest bases in Syria. This is reported by the Anadolu agency citing local sources.
It is noted that in this way Washington will continue to maintain its presence in the area of oil fields in the region. This is the base near the Omar and Tal Baydar oil fields in the northwestern province of Hasek. The agency’s sources emphasize that the U.S. has begun to expand bases amid rising tensions between Washington and Moscow.
Anadolu points out that working equipment has already been transferred to Omar. To expand Tal Baydar, Washington purchased territory near the base. The work is reportedly supported by the YPG and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
On January 19, the U.S. military prevented the Russian military from entering an oil field near the town of Rumeline, Hasek province. It was noted that the area is home to the U.S. Army Air Force Base.
In December 2019, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the U.S. was secretly selling oil to Turkey illegally. According to him, the deposits in the east of the country were used by terrorists from the banned organizations Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra in Russia.