U.S. led coalition establishing new military base in Iraq-Syria-Turkey triangle
The U.S.-led coalition is set to establish a new military base in Ain Dewar region of northeast Syria’s Hasakah province, in the Iraq-Syria-Turkey triangle, Asharq al-Awsat reported on Monday.
The newspaper cited a report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported last week on a military convoy of over 50 vehicles and trucks affiliated to the coalition that was seen crossing into northeastern Syria from the Kurdistan Regional Government of northern Iraq.
The trucks transporting "armored vehicles, weapons, military, and logistical equipment, entered via Al-Walid border crossing with the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, heading towards Al-Qamishli area,’’ the SOHR said, marking the 11th coalition convoy to enter Syria since the beginning of the year.
The Kurdish-majority Syrian People’s ProtectionUnits (YPG) has played a vital role in the U.S.-led coalition’s ground operations against the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group, which at one-point controlled swathes of Syria and Iraq. However, Turkey views the YPG as an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), thus a threat to its national security.
Turkey has conducted numerous military operations into Syria and Iraq to battle the group.