US Sets Up Camp at Rmeilan Air Base in N.W. Syria

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    US 'takes control' of Rmeilan airfield in Syria

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    U.S. special operations troops have reportedly taken over an airfield in northeastern Syria, potentially clearing the way to flow more American military support to friendly militias fighting the Islamic State group.

    A small team of U.S. troops is setting up a base camp at Rmeilan Air Base in the Syrian Kurdish region near Syria's Iraqi and Turkish borders, according to local reports.

    http://www.militarytimes.com/story/...ver-airbase-syria-local-reports-say/79115490/

    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.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/takes-control-rmeilan-airfield-syria-160119141331681.html
     
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    What is SDF?
     
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    Its supposed to be some kind of unified Syrian force that encompasses all of the different groups present in Syria with the goal of beating ISIL. I don't know much about them but I think they mostly operate in North Western Syria so that gives us a clue as to who they are. From what I saw on wikipedia they consist of a lot of Kurdish Forces, Arabs (looks like mostly christian), and some sunni arabs. I think they are the ones that crossed west of the euphrates a few weeks ago. I saw Kurds on Twitter celebrating that event so again we get a clue into what they are about.
     
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    So they call themselves the Syrian Democratic Forces.
    When did they cross the Euphrate river,thats a red line to us(Turkiye),i didnt see any confirmation of this by Turkish media,i doubt it to be true?
    Btw,it just the YPG with some Arabs(Christians),the Sunni forces(FSA) do not see them as legit.
     
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    For some reason I think their activity will be restricted to North Western Syria because other Sunni Arab Forces are being trained to clear ISIL from North Eastern Syria.
     
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