via Al Jazeera.
US troops have taken control of Rmeilan airfield in Syria's northern province of Hasakah to support Kurdish fighters against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) told Al Jazeera.Ok this is crazy in a handbag.
The airfield near the city of Rmeilan, which will become the first US-controlled airbase in Syria, was previously controlled by the US-backed Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).
The airfield is close to Syria's borders with Iraq and Turkey.
"Under a deal with the YPG, the US was given control of the airport. The purpose of this deal is to back up the SDF, by providing weapons and an airbase for US warplanes," Taj Kordsh, a media activist from the SDF told Al Jazeera on Tuesday.
"This airport was previously controlled by the YPG for over two years now. This strategic airport is close to several oil bases - one of the biggest in this area.
"Rmeilan airport was previously used for agricultural purposes by the Syrian government," he said.
Previous reports published by the Syrian Local Coordination Committees say that the US has been preparing and expanding Rmeilan airport for a while now.
When asked by Al Jazeera, a US CENTCOM media operations officer did not confirm or deny the reports.
Since when did we cut deals with different factions in this fight? What about dealing with Sunnis and Shiites? What about Russia and the Syrian Central govt? This whole thing smacks of action without a plan. Its old Neo-Con thinking without considering the consequences.
Do we have any type of authorization for operating ground forces inside Syria? Be advised. If you operate an airfield, and you're doing security properly then you're looking at probably a Battalion's worth of infantry...at least.
I wonder how Rangers or MARSOC like doing airfield security ops!