Turkey claims U.S. has 10 military bases in northern Syria

We’re getting very mixed signals from the Trump Administration regarding U.S. policy in Syria.

On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, it was reported that President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program of arming and training so-called Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad.

As I explained and demonstrated in my post, “President Trump ends Obama administration’s insane policy of arming Syrian jihadists,” those “rebels” include Al Qaeda jihadists — which the State Department had known since at least 2012 when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. The proof is an email from Jacob Sullivan, the State Department’s then Director of Policy Planning, in which Sullivan, referring to Al Qaeda, wrote that “AQ is on our side in Syria”.

President Trump’s sensible decision would seem to indicate that the U. S. is withdrawing from the Obama administration’s wrong-headed involvement in the Syrian civil war.

But according to an article published on July 18 by Anadolu Agency, the state-run news agency of the Turkish government, the United States is “speeding up” its military aid to the Kurdish PKK/PYD in northern Syria, which seeks to overthrow the Assad government and which Turkey regards as a terrorist organization.

Note:

  • PKK = Kurdistan Workers’ Party, a left-wing Kurdish separatist organization based in Turkey and Iraq, which has been in an armed conflict against the Turkish state since 1984.
  • PYD = Democratic Union Party, a Kurdish democratic confederalist political party founded in 2003 in northern Syria.

More importantly, the Anadolu report claims that the United States actually has 10 military bases in PKK/PYD-held areas in northern Syria — a level of military involvement in Syria hitherto undisclosed to the American people. The 10 U.S. military bases consist of:

  • Two air bases in Harab Isk and Rmeilan.
  • Eight “military points” in Ayn Dadad, Ushariya, Sabt, Ayn al-Arab, Ayn Issah, Tal Tamir, Tal Baydar, and Ash Shaddadi.

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The Turkish government regards PKK/PYD as the Syrian offshoot of the terrorist organization PKK, which means that for Ankara, the U.S. is aiding and abetting terrorists. Turkey is a member of NATO. As the Anadolu Agency report puts it:

“According to the Pentagon, the U.S. military aid to several armed groups in Syria, including the PKK/PYD, comprises of 12,000 Kalashnikovs, 6,000 machine guns, 3,500 heavy machine guns, 3,000 RPG-7s, 1,000 American AT-4 or Russian SPG-9 anti-tanks, 235 mortar guns of different calibers, 100 sniper rifles, 450 PV-7 night vision binoculars and 150 binoculars with infrared laser illuminator….

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU, has waged a terror campaign against Turkey [for Kurdish independence] for more than 30 years, during which more than 40,000 people have been killed. It is also involved in illicit drug production, manufacture, and trafficking.

However, the U.S. sees the PKK/PYD, which is part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as an ally in the fight against Daesh.”

Note:

  • The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is an alliance of 40% Kurdish and 60% Arab militias in the Syrian civil war, aiming to overthrow the secular government of Assad.
  • Daesh is the Arabic language acronym for ISIS or the Islamic State.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has opposed the Trump administration’s decision back in early May to arm the PKK/PYD Kurdish militia.

Reacting to the Anadolu report, the Pentagon said it had conveyed its concern to the Turkish government. Major Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway, a Defense Department spokesman, said in an emailed statement:

“While we cannot independently verify the sources that contributed to this story, we would be very concerned if officials from a NATO ally would purposefully endanger our forces by releasing sensitive information. The release of sensitive military information exposes Coalition forces to unnecessary risk and has the potential to disrupt ongoing operations to defeat ISIS.”

Levent Tok, an Anadolu Agency reporter on the story, said the information about U.S. military bases in northern Syria was based on field work by Anadolu’s Syria reporters and information that had been broadcast on social media by Kurdish fighters. Tok said, “The U.S. should have thought about this before it cooperated with a terrorist organization.” (Geopolitica)

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~Eowyn

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17 responses to “Turkey claims U.S. has 10 military bases in northern Syria

  1. As a person who lived in this area for 5+ years, I can tell you with confidence the Turks will do everything in their power to prevent the Kurds from establishing a Kurdish nation.

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  2. Firstly, we have no right to be in Syria, period. Of course the reality is that we’re there because our ruler, Israel, wants us there. It is also our ruler’s desire that Al Assad is replaced with another puppet like the Saudis.

    At the end of the day, none of these groups mean anything other than for their usefulness at keeping the target country in chaos until Israel can arrange for their ultimate demise.

    For this phase the end game is Eretz Israel. Anything between the rivers must go.

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    • Thank you, lophatt!

      Yours was a most-needed and eloquent statement of the ugly truths at the core of all this war crime soaked and Machiavellian realpolitik that the elites favour and ceaselessly promote, 24/7. See this very fine recent article by The Saker and be sure you’re sitting:

      https://www.peakprosperity.com/podcast/109641/saker-syrian-powderkeg

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      • If you wish to truly understand the chaos of the modern world, you must read THE UNSEEN HAND by Epperson. https://g.co/kgs/kyQtvd

        The author thoroughly documents the history of warfare from the pre American and French revolutions to the modern day. He pulls no punches, points fingers and names names. There are hundreds upon hundreds of doctors to keep you studying for months.

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  3. William Brandon Shanley

    More on this…

    PerspectiveTrump pulls plug on CIA’s Syrian “revolution”

    The ending of the CIA’s arming and funding of Al Qaeda-linked “rebels” signals not an end to conflict or rapprochement with Moscow, but is part of the preparations for wider war.

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  4. William Brandon Shanley

    The US regime change lunacy in Mideast follows to a “t” Neocon road map articulated in a paper written for Netanyahu in the 90’s by Perle, et al, “Securing the Realm…”

    Here is article about it:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-07-01/short-history-neocon-clean-break-grand-design-regime-change-disasters-it-has-fostere

    Nothing has changed regardless of administration, and it is unlikely it will under Trump. The Anglo-American Empire has long used the both real and imagined tragedy of the Jewish people as a wedge with which to advance its unwavering goal of global hegemony from the Balfour Declaration in 1917 until today:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balfour_Declaration

    Next stop, Iran!

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  5. Patrick Cornell

    Mercenaries for the Zioligarchy!

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  6. All Right, it’s true. But this was not established by Trump. Not even Obama—at first. This was started by Bush, Jr. & Co., and carried on by Obama.

    Let’s keep our eye on Trump’s Administration.

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  7. Ok, WE are there and so the bear, “mother” Russia, is there too. As long as each is helping and not engaging one another in war is fine. Everybody have an interest there and must be watchful. Just like two roosters in a chicken coop scratching the dirt, lots of dust, but backing off so the hens don’t fly the coop.

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    • Patrick Cornell

      What exactly is America’s interest in Syria? The people of this country should know that their tax dollars go to training and arming the maniacal ISIS so that they may continue murdering and raping Christians wholesale! The United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia = the axis of evil!

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  8. Get out of these Arab Hell Holes and let them kill each other. That means less evil people in the world that America has to deal within our future.

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