“Latest situation in foreign forces deployment in Syria” Yeni Safak


"The U.S. forces evacuated 16 bases and military posts during Operation Peace Spring and returned to six bases as the operation was paused.

The U.S. army strengthened its military presence in Syria’s northeastern border and oil fields.

With five bases and military posts in Hasakah province, the U.S. forces are conducting efforts to set up two other military posts in Qahtaniyah town and Himo village in Qamishli city.

The U.S. aims to both secure oil fields in Hasakah and strengthen its presence on the Turkish border with the military posts.

The U.S. forces are currently deployed at 11 bases and military posts, including five in Hasakah, four in Deir ez-Zor and two in Raqqa.

They also carry out efforts to set up two new bases in Deir ez-Zor."  Yebi Safak


Yes, this newspaper is pro-Erdo but this looks like a useful map to lay out where everyone is at present.  The map does not extend far enough south to include the US roadblocking position at Al Tanf on the Syrian/Iraqi border but other than that- pretty complete.  pl



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8 Responses to “Latest situation in foreign forces deployment in Syria” Yeni Safak

  1. Serge says:

    Almost a year after the final collapse of the Caliphate and the asymmetric campaign waged by holdovers in this area and neighboring Iraq is still shambolic at best, not even close to approaching complexity of 2009-2012 post-“defeat” ISI insurgency. If you had asked me in 2016-2017 I would have predicted hell to pay on all sides in the form of an insurgency. But it looks like pro-ISIS areas are so depopulated, from the men being killed and the rest herded off to camps, that there is noone left to fight besides disorganized groups of teenagers/greenhorns in their 20s who don’t remember the US occupation. IS leadership went all-in 2014-2016 and failed to plan.. I believe in the end they expected the battle of Mosul to break the back of the ISF and so give them breathing room(it did, in a way, the PMU now largely = ISF due to the extreme casualties taken by the Feds in this battle), and that their plans 2017-2018 to insinuate themselves in Idlib have totally failed in large part to HTS anti-IS efforts. One notable exception to all this are the well-armed and highly organized groups of IS vets roving around from Sukhnah to the Iraqi border. And the franchises of course, which with the exception of the Caucasus wilaya(eradicated) and Afghanistan(serious reverses in the past year and particularly past month) are either stable or stronger since bayah.

  2. Leith says:

    The IS vets still left in the Sukhnah area beheaded too many of their own followers and lost support. So they now have to hide out in caves and camoflaged tents in the badiya. They can still stage a small raid or ambush, but I suspect the only support they are getting is probably at the point of a gun.

  3. Serge says:

    Unconfirmed reports of Soleimani killed in Baghdad. Just saw a very convincing photo of his corpse

  4. ex PFC Chuck says:

    Oh boy! If this was done by the USA, whose bright idea was it?

    An air strike has killed Iranian Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani and another senior Iranian-linked figure in Baghdad, Iraqi state television reported on Thursday.
    No one claimed immediately responsibility for the strike, which Iraqi television also said killed Abu Mehdi al-Muhandas, an Iraqi militia commander, near the Iraqi capital’s airport, but the death of Iran’s most revered military leader appeared likely to send tensions soaring between the United States and Iran.


  5. vig says:

    ISF? Serge? Sorry, casual observer.

  6. Serge says:

    Iraqi Security Forces, catch all for PMU+US-aligned Feds. My bad, it is lazy to use such acronyms when there are so many similar ones, ISF ISI ISIS…

  7. Jane says:

    Geography Lesson Please
    We see IDPs from the fighting in Idlib in tents near the Turkish border, with the GOT not letting them in. But from the map, parts of that area of Idlib are contiguous with the areas of northwest Syria controlled by Turkey. Are there SARG forces in-between? Even if that were the case, there is only a narrow band of Turkish territory between the Idlib border area and Turkish-controlled land. That would allow for some kind of convoy solution, if/if Turkey were intent on solving this problem. Or is it a matter of Turkey not wanting to incur more Syrian population expenses anywhere without further outside help.

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