The International Coalition, led by the United States, has been actively deploying logistical equipment to the eastern regions of Syria, situated east of the Euphrates River. These areas include the Koniko Field, which had previously been the target of attacks by Iraqi resistance groups against American bases in both Syria and Iraq.
According to sources within Kurdish circles, American forces have significantly intensified their security and surveillance operations in close proximity to their bases, primarily due to concerns regarding potential activities by resistance cells. Additionally, live ammunition training has been underway for three consecutive days within the Al-Omar field base in the eastern outskirts of Deir-ez-Zor.
Reportedly, the American forces have also requested that the “Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)” increase their patrols and security measures in the vicinity of American bases and along major roads, fearing the planting of explosive devices and mines by anticipated “resistance cells” that may become more active in the near future.
Sources have indicated that American drones are conducting periodic reconnaissance missions along the banks of the Euphrates River, as they anticipate infiltration attempts by resistance cells affiliated with Arab tribes towards the region. Occupation forces have also heightened their presence along the border with Iraq, extending from the eastern bank of the Euphrates River in Deir-ez-Zor’s countryside to areas east of the city of Al-Shaddadi in the southern outskirts of Al-Hasakah. This is to preempt possible infiltration by Iraqi resistance teams into Syria, with the intent of carrying out operations against American forces.
Furthermore, the SDF has been involved in a security operation in eastern Euphrates areas, aiming to locate weapons and ammunition in villages near the town of Dhiban. These areas have experienced sporadic clashes involving tribal groups opposed to the SDF.
Sources close to SDF leadership, within the Kurdish press, conveyed concerns about the division of armed Kurdish factions’ focus between the northern border, experiencing continuous escalation due to Turkish occupation, and eastern Euphrates areas with increased activity by tribal groups. These factors are hindering the SDF from fulfilling its duties as required by American forces.
These sources describe the current stage of the SDF as marked by exhaustion and military depletion of its human and material resources. They attribute this situation to American forces’ preoccupation with Turkish airstrikes and the safeguarding of their illegal bases. Additionally, American forces’ attention is directed towards bases like “Rmelan,” “Himo,” and “Life Stone Resort,” where US State Department personnel operate in Syria in violation of international law. These personnel maintain continuous communication with the SDF and oversee the activities of humanitarian organizations, primarily serving American interests.
Notably, Turkish airstrikes have intensified in recent times, with over 150 recorded drone attacks targeting key facilities occupied by the SDF. These facilities include oil fields, power plants, and weapons depots, prompting Kurdish factions to disperse the contents of warehouses across various locations to prevent the depletion of their military arsenal.
American bases in Syria have recently come under attack, with the most recent incident being the targeting of the Al-Omar oil field base in Deir-ez-Zor on the night of Friday, October 20th.
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