US Establishes New Military Base in Syria's Oil-Rich Deir ez-Zor

19th April 2018 / Global
US Establishes New Military Base in Syria's Oil-Rich Deir ez-Zor
You could be mistaken for thinking that you definitely heard and/or read that Donald Trump was pulling US forces out of Syria – because, that is indeed exactly what he said. To be clear, he said on the 29th March that the US would “be coming out of Syria like very soon.”

“We’re knocking the hell out of ISIS. We’ll be coming out of Syria like very soon. Let the other people take care of it now. We are going to have 100% of the caliphate, as they call it, sometimes referred to as land … But we are going to be coming out of there real soon. We are going to get back to our country, where we belong, where we want to be,” Trump added. Barely two weeks later and the Americans are bombing Syria.

Despite President Donald Trump’s earlier promise to leave Syria in the immediate future, the United States has set up a military facility in Eastern Deir ez-Zor. Various news agencies have reported, Fars news agency was citing the Arabic-language Orient news website.

According to the media outlet, the new US military base is located in al-Tanak oilfield, which is controlled by the Kurdish militia, and American troops have dispatched more equipment to the Syrian army’s defence lines – from the town of Khasham in southeastern Deir ez-Zor to the city of Hosseinieh, northeast of the region.
Earlier in the day, the White House reiterated President Trump’s resolve to withdraw US forces from Syria as soon as possible following French President Emmanuel Macron’s remark about convincing his American counterpart to maintain a US presence in the war-torn country for a long time.

The US mission has not changed – the president has been clear he wants US forces to come home as quickly as possible. We are determined to completely crush [Daesh] and create the conditions that will prevent its return. In addition, we expect our regional allies and partners to take greater responsibility both militarily and financially for securing the region,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

On April 14, the United States, the UK and France carried out coordinated airstrikes against Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by the government of Bashar al-Assad in the city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta, since refuted by  The Independent in Britain itself with a report from Robert Fisk that includes dozens of eye-witnesses as well as  doctors. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the three countries fired over 100 missiles, three-quarters of which were either intercepted by the Syrian Air Defenses or missed their targets.

Since 2014, the US-led international coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what it called Daesh targets in Syria without a UN mandate or Damascus’s consent. The Assad government has consistently denounced the US military presence in the country as a “violation” of national sovereignty.

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