US-led Coalition Denies Military Buildup In Northeastern Syria, Facts Says Otherwise

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US-led Coalition Denies Military Buildup In Northeastern Syria, Facts Says Otherwise

US forces are in the outskirts of the Syrian town of Manbij

The US-led coalition has officially denied increasing the number of its troops or bases in Syria’s northeastern region.

On February 21, Col. Wayne Marotto, a spokesman for the US-led coalition, said that the mission in northeastern Syria had not changed.

“The Coalition works, by, with and thru our partner force SDF [the Syrian Democratic Forces] to defeat Daesh [ISIS],” the spokesman said. “The Coalition regularly conducts security patrols; re-supply convoys into the ESSA and upgrades and maintains bases.”

The spokesman stressed that troop levels and bases in northeastern Syria didn’t increase in the recent days, without revealing the current numbers.

The coalition’s statement appears to be a response to recent reports which revealed US plans to build a new base in northeastern Syria. The base is being built in northeastern al-Hasakah, near Syria’s border with Iraq and Turkey.

Besides building a new base in northeastern al-Hasakah, the US-led coalition built an airstrip near al-Omar oil fields in southeastern Deir Ezzor. Furthermore, more than 12 supply convoys of the coalition entered northeastern Syria since the start of the year.

The US-led coalition’s claims don’t match facts on the ground. The coalition has been actively expanding its presence in northeastern Syria.

Last year, former US Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey acknowledged that US officials lied to then president Donald Trump about the number of forces in Syria. Now, the same is likely happening regarding the public posture about the current situation in Syria.

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