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Trump creates new base in Syria and ships ISIS to Iraq

The Syrian government has demanded that all US troops must leave Syria, as they are occupation forces and illegal under international law.

Steven Sahiounie, journalist and political commentator

The US military has created a new base at Deir Ez Zor, in eastern Syria, after bringing in military supplies, the ‘Syrian Observatory for Human Rights’ (SOHR) reported on Friday. Massive reinforcements were observed in the al-Jazat area, just west of the oil-rich area of Deir Ez Zor.  Reports indicated some 300 trucks entered eastern Syria from western Iraq.

300 US military shipments reached al-Jazrat over the past few days, according to ‘SOHR’, based in the UK.  They further reported the US troops are expanding their base at the al-Omar oil field, to the east of Deir Ez Zor, where President Trump ordered his troops to take possession of the Syrian oil and prevent it from being used by Syria.  The US has established numerous illegal military bases in Syria, scattered through the northeast, the Iraqi border, and at the border triangle of Iraq, Syria, and Jordan to the south.

The Syrian government has demanded that all US troops must leave Syria, as they are occupation forces and illegal under international law. However, the Trump administration is dead-set on keeping the Syrian oil wells and preventing the rebuilding of Syria, which has endured 9 years of a US-NATO planned attack for ‘regime-change’, at which they failed.

The Pentagon reported that the US military killed 132 civilians in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Somalia during operations in 2019. However, watchdog groups accuse the US at under-reporting the true tally by hundreds. Airwars reported that the US-led coalition in Syria and Iraq killed from 416 to 1,030 civilians during the first six months of 2019.  The US began a series of never-ending wars after Sept. 11. 2001, which now spans two continents, and with no ending in sight.

US base at TANF 

The US base at Tanf is located at the triangle where Jordan, Syria, and Iraq meet.  The al-Walid border crossing on the M2 highway is also there, providing a land link between Beirut, Damascus, and Baghdad.  The US established the illegal base in 2016 and created a mercenary army called Maghawir al-Thawra (MAT).  The MAT has been deserting, and their numbers now have dwindled to just about 300 mercenaries. Today, they are not fighting ISIS, but are the war-lords ruling over the 12,000 refugees living at the nearby Rukban camp. MAT has been accused by former camp residents of charging refugees for food and medicines, which had been donated freely by international aid groups. Under international law, the Rukban camp’s residents are an American responsibility; however, the US military allows the mercenaries to administer the camp, and turn a blind eye to crimes against the suffering refugees.

Tanf has no oil, and the only reason the US troops and mercenaries are there is to prevent transportation along the M2 highway and to assure that the al-Walid crossing is not open to transportation from Iraq to Syria, which prevents the economic recovery of Syria.

The Iraqi border

Iraqi army and their Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) have kept the Qaim-Bukamal border crossing open, which is the only Iraqi-Syrian crossing officially operated by both governments. The governments of Baghdad and Damascus share the strategic objective of establishing sovereign control over their borders, which brings the two governments into a partnership.  Military experts among the partners have said the time is coming which will see the full Iraqi-Syrian border secure and without the threat of US occupation forces, who will become increasingly isolated and insignificant.

Russian moves in Syria

The Russian military recently expanded its presence in Qamishli in northeastern Syria. Reinforcements arrived at the Qamishli airport bringing with them heavy equipment, tanks, and armored vehicles, which coincides with the recent buildup of the US troops at al-Jazrat.

US moves ISIS to Iraq

The US has been accused of moving ISIS terrorists from Syria into Iraq after the 5,000 US forces were asked to leave by the Iraqi parliament.

Mohammed Mahdi al-Bayati, a leader of the Badr Organization in Iraq said: “Eyewitnesses living along the border with Syria have informed security officials that American forces are conducting extensive airborne transfers of Daesh terrorists from Syria to Iraq.” In January, Iraqi security commentator Karim al-Khikani, said that ISIS terrorists had been transported into Iraq.

The terrorists were entering Iraq from the Syrian border of the former ‘Rojava’ Kurdish area in the northeast.  The Kurds had formerly been US partners in the fight against ISIS, and had captured thousands of ISIS terrorists and held them in prisons there.  Trump ordered the US troops out of Syria, and it was thought the ISIS prisons would be unmanageable, once the US funding to the Kurds was cut. The US military has found a new use for the ISIS prisoners.  By allowing the ISIS terrorists to attack in Iraq, the US troop presence can be justified to stop ISIS.  Military strategists call for using ‘assets on hand’, and ISIS is just the type of asset the US military can use in Syria and Iraq, to justify the US occupation and presence long after they have been ordered to leave.

Trump has said before, that he wants the US troops in Iraq to stay indefinitely, as a counter to Iran. The US has increased its forces in Iraq and sent more military equipment. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi told US ambassador Matthew Tueller on Saturday, that the country would not be turned into an arena for settling scores and launching attacks on its neighbors. Trump recently said the US was “making a lot of moves in the Middle East and elsewhere.”

The Syrian end-game

The US under Obama began the attack on Syria in 2011, using terrorists following Radical Islam, which is a political ideology, and neither a religion nor a sect. Trump inherited the war in Syria but cut off the CIA’s operation there in 2017.  In 2016 campaign promises, Trump said he would bring home the US troops from Syria, and elsewhere in the Middle East; however, his promises went unfulfilled, as he sent an occupation force to Syria and expanded the US presence there to include looting the Syrian oil.  Trump and his team have an incoherent military footprint in Syria and Iraq. With a seemingly ‘blind leading the blind’ foreign policy in Syria, the chances for miscommunication could further escalate tensions among the various players on the ground: the US, Russia, Turkey, Iran, and Syria.

Steven Sahiounie is an award-winning journalist

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Olivia Kroth
May 14, 2020

Is it really Trump doing this or is it the Pentagon? The US President seems to have no say in the military wheelings and dealings.

BobValdez
BobValdez
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 14, 2020

I get the impression neither know who or what is in charge, currently. That makes it all the more dangerous.
Keep in mind, the orange idiot has no idea, and the penta-boondoggle couldn’t drop a turd into a toilet, so incompetence reins supreme right now.

jph
jph
Reply to  BobValdez
May 14, 2020

This guy : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Franklin_Jeffrey
And from there to Pompeo at least.

Was I Dreaming?
Was I Dreaming?
Reply to  jph
May 16, 2020

Did I see Pompeo landing in Tel Aviv wearing a skull and crossbones mask?

Steve Brown
Steve Brown
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 15, 2020

Kushner 2020 and Trump is as vile as any filthy criminal who ever “led” the sh^t stained states…

Tony Giallo
Tony Giallo
May 14, 2020

You can’t avoid destiny forever Vlad.

Stj
Stj
May 14, 2020

When comparing Presidential powers of the 1940s with Presidents of today, its like comparing apples and oranges. It’s obvious that Trump has little to say what is being done in Syria. It’s also fact that US military personnel are dying there and Pentagon ships the bodies out and then claims they were killed fighting ISIS somewhere else. While the US wants to deprive Syria of its oil, that comes at a cost of US military lives. Is it worth it? obviously yes while telling the families they died bravely for freedom and democracy. The level of autonomous activities by the… Read more »

AMHants
AMHants
May 14, 2020

Is that what he means by leaving Syria?

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  AMHants
May 14, 2020

He would like to leave Syria, but the military bigshots won’t let him.

America's Reputation Precedes It
America's Reputation Precedes It
Reply to  AMHants
May 16, 2020

I’m pretty sure he meant ‘leave Syria in ruins’.

AммА
AммА
May 14, 2020

It’s tough to swallow when you start reading an article, with an intriguing headline, only to be forced to stop at the very first sentence because it quotes “… the ‘Syrian Observatory for Human Rights’ (SOHR) reported on Friday”. Seriously?! The very same, infamous SOHR ran by an immigrant from a condo in Coventry, England? One that has been quoted by all western MSM for years reporting all about those dead civilians killed by a Russian plane that never took off, reporting how Oscar winning actors wearing White Helmets saved the very same boy three times from “chemical attacks” taking… Read more »

Fiddlesticks
Fiddlesticks
Reply to  AммА
May 16, 2020

Pretty soon CNN will have Greta on as a Syria analyst.

Rick Oliver
Rick Oliver
May 15, 2020

It has gone beyond time that the Americans were attacked and forced out of Iraq and more importantly , Syria !! Both countries want rid of them , nothing but stealing resources and paying anybody to do it ! Enough of the lies by the whole Western Alliance , get out of the Middle East you poisonous parasites !

Magic Man In the Sky
Magic Man In the Sky
Reply to  Rick Oliver
May 15, 2020

This is why we call it the Jewnited States of Israel.

Steve Brown
Steve Brown
May 15, 2020

Good article but somewhat ignores the criminal “state” of Israel’s participation in the US’s Evil Empire agenda..

General Jack D Ripper
General Jack D Ripper
May 16, 2020

We’ll show ’em. We’ll turn Syria into Russia’s quagmire to draw attention away from our quagmire next door.

Full Circle F__cktwits at Work
Full Circle F__cktwits at Work
May 16, 2020

There you go again, with Trump’s sole raison d’etre as the undoing of Obama’s legacy.

Obama sends ISIS into Syria, now Trump wants to send it back to Iraq.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Full Circle F__cktwits at Work
May 18, 2020

Ping pong back and forth – US troops are not welcome, neither in Syria nor in Iraq or elsewhere. Go home, boys! Stay home!

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 18, 2020

Ayatollah Khamenei: US Americans support terrorists, will be expelled from Syria and Iraq — Sunday, 17 May 2020 5:46 PM [ Last Update: Sunday, 17 May 2020 6:31 PM ] — Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says due to its support for terrorists, the US is hated in most parts of the world and will be soon expelled from Syria and Iraq, where it is illegally present in the two Arab countries. Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks while speaking in an annual Ramadan meeting with Iranian university students. “The long-term performance of the United States, including… Read more »

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