The lone voice talking this subject up, extensively, has pretty much been mine, at least to my knowledge. For years and years.
Link to original source- which you should check out, because the entire article and all the images are NOT included
Foreign presence on the Syrian soil has always been the focus of media and research institutions. In this study, prepared by a specialized military researcher, we examine the changes that occurred with the existence of these bases, since late 2017 when Zaman al-Wasl last published a comprehensive study.
Over the past two years, 2018-2019, US bases (coalition forces) and other forces in Syria have undergone significant changes in one of the following areas:
- Establishing new bases that did not exist before.
- Expanding and consolidating some older bases.
- Definitive evacuation of certain bases.
- Moving some bases to different areas.
This report includes details of developments in the US bases in northern Syria, and in the area currently controlled by the US-backed Kurdish YPG militia, in light of Turkey’s desire to establish a safe zone within the Syrian border extending for tens of kilometers.Turkey's urgent desire to establish a safe zone within Syrian borders will be hampered by the positions of these bases, some of which are only a few kilometers from the border, some of which have been built relatively recently. Therefore the American promise to Turkey to cooperate in establishing such an area is merely a political exercise to buy time.In fact, these bases reveal that America is preparing for a long-term stay in Syria, and will not leave in the near future, as President Donald Trump claimed recently.
Long term readers here may recall my suggesting the withdrawal claim was a psyop. Totally and completely. Reread previous posts to refresh your memory.
It is worth mentioning that some of the new bases are not bases in the military sense, but more like "civil administration" centers.Most of the major oil and gas fields currently have small bases of up to 50 US troops securing them.
The Locations of American Bases:
New Heemo base west of Qamishli city:This base is located west of the city of Al Qamishli near the village of Heemo, 4 Km away from the Turkish border and 5 Km away from Al Qamishli airport, where the regime forces are based.It is mainly concerned with the administration of the area, which is completely controlled by the Kurds and has a predominantly civil organizational nature of the Kurdish state to be established. The task of this huge base is to provide all kinds of administrative and technical support to the Syrian Democratic Forces and its civilian administration.It was established in 2018, slowly expanding, with warehouses and other sub-centers close to the area.
New constructions inside the US Tal Baydar base:
US forces are currently constructing and expanding new facilities inside the US base at Tal Baydar, including the expansion of the old airstrip to about 900m. Construction is still going on at the moment, and at this length the runway is sufficient for the landing of all types of cargo aircrafts and various warplanes. This base is 30 kilometers from the Turkish border.
New Jabal (Mount) Al Ghoul Base:
A relatively new base, which was completed in 2018, includes an airstrip and a support camp, as well as being a logistical headquarters. It is the most secretive base, both in terms of the size of the troops and the function assigned to them. The runway is 1,800 meters long, the base is semi-fixed, 30 km from the Turkish border.
Troops were relocated west of Hasaka, where the airbase at the Life Stone resort was evacuated from aircraft and helicopters, while some ground troops remained.A new base was established to the south, near the Khabur Dam. This new base contains ground and air support forces, in addition to a number of support and landing helicopters.
etc., etc., etc.,One of the largest American bases in Syria, established by the US army forces after the expulsion of the Daesh (ISIS) from the town of Shadadi, and is a focal point for the US strike forces there. It includes a camp for Marines as well as an airbase of eight attack helicopters, in addition to being a logistics base for US troops and Kurdish forces operating there. The base extends for four kilometers and two kilometers in width.The Americans have deliberately set up the base near the most important oil fields in the region, the field of Al Jabsa and Kubaiba field.
Let's go back to 2017 when the news about US bases was first leaked to the foreign media but certainly not touched by the 5 eyes, alt or msm.
"The largest American military base in Syria covers more than five hundred acres, but it can’t be seen from the road.
The United States has built a dozen or more bases from Manbij to Al-Hasakah, including four airfields, and American-backed forces now control all of Syria east of the Euphrates, an area about the size of Croatia"We now know it's at least 16 known bases of varying sizes and purposes.
I find the timing of this information leak really interesting since Erdogan and Trump will be meeting tomorrow at the UN.
Keeping in mind that the US has kept right on shipping arms into North Eastern Syria along with the latest move of more troops and armaments into Saudi Arabia