the US doesn’t publicly affirm these bases exist, this would be the
third fully-working military airbase in Rojava,as the US had
previously built bases in Kobane and Rumailan. The bases are largely
being used to fly gear to the Kurdish forces, but also could support
some smaller military planes.
in Syria are even more complicated than those in Iraq, as the Syrian
government has never given the US permission to have forces inside
their country, let alone to start setting up American bases in the
territory of a Kurdish faction whose declaration of autonomy likewise
came without any formal negotiations with the government.
officially the Trump Administration is trying to present everything
as very “temporary” and focused on defeating ISIS, the reality is
that the US seems to be setting down roots with an eye toward a very
long-term stay in the country.