A new batch of U.S. special forces have entered Syria through Turkey and set up camp at the Al-Monbath hill in the countryside of Tell Abyad, a Kurdish-held region north of Raqqa.

In total, 50 American troops – 10 of which are classified as combat advisors – are stationed at the base. The crew is armed to the teeth with heavy weaponry and accompanied by 17 armored vehicles. Communication equipment has been set up while U.S. flags have somewhat controversially been hoisted at the base.

The team will be advising commanders of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in their battles against the Islamic State. Additionally, U.S. military advisors will attempt to prevent the SDF from clashing with Turkish-backed rebel groups and vice versa.

Effectively, U.S. soldiers are now de facto in control two large buildings complexes near the Tall Abyad border crossing. According to a source close to Al-Masdar, the SDF is barred from entry at the new military site.

Damascus has not approved of the new U.S. base which could, according to a source, be established as a permanent military base in the near future.

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Greg
Greg
2016-09-15 20:48

#US arrogance will be their downfall!

Rodney Loder
Rodney Loder
2016-09-15 21:54
Reply to  Greg

This makes Erdogan mad, because only Syrian Kurds support US military involvement in Syria, SDF migh not technically be able to access the base with Kurds among them , who is checking the ID’s only mercenary Quisling Arabs are SDF and Erdogan knows this.

Pete
Pete
2017-02-17 13:08
Reply to  Rodney Loder

Poor lil Erdolf.

Abid Sayed
Abid Sayed
2016-09-15 20:48

with who’s permission??

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2016-09-15 21:30
Reply to  Abid Sayed

SDF.
Be real : Rojava is a de facto state. Hadn’t Syrian govt not banned kurdish culture for 52 years and had SAA fought IS instead of leaving the kurds alone to fight Daesh, this wouldn’t be the case.
US gave a hand to the kurds, mostly due to DoD pressuring the White House as DoS totally opposed this due to Erdogan pressure…
Funny fact, having the US on the good side of history is totally uncommon and it comes from the… US militaries!

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Unknown
2016-09-15 21:52
Reply to  Daeshbags Sux

Your history is c**p man and how would you like it if Saudi invaded your land and not on the side of the legitimate government? Btw there is NO SUCH THING as Rojava.

Pete
Pete
2017-02-17 13:05
Reply to  Unknown

“Btw there is NO SUCH THING as Rojava” – lol, and the 5m people who live there don’t exist, and the moon is made of cheese.

jojo
jojo
2016-09-15 22:21
Reply to  Daeshbags Sux

Many Kurds were fighting on the terrorists/rebel sides against the Syrian government from the start. There were even detailed pieces in the western media about these Kurds. Kurds are not loyal and only want to land grab as much as they can for themselves. They’ve been kill Assyrians and other minorities whose claim to that land goes back much longer than the Kurds’.

Pete
Pete
2017-02-17 13:07
Reply to  jojo

Nonsense.

Castellano
Castellano
2016-09-15 22:37
Reply to  Daeshbags Sux

Yep, a de facto state as the Sahrawi republic, Donetsk republic, Lugansk republic, Nagorno-Kharabag republic, Northern Cyprus, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, etc…nothing more nothing less, well, with less state recognition…

Pete
Pete
2017-02-17 13:05
Reply to  Abid Sayed

Presumably with the permission of the Rojavans.

Roger Gewitter
Roger Gewitter
2016-09-15 20:46

@16kolovrat83 I am sure this is not legal, like at all.

Pete
Pete
2017-02-17 13:04
Reply to  Roger Gewitter

If they’ve been invited by the Rojavans, then it’s legal.

Chuck Hicks
Chuck Hicks
2016-09-15 20:54

Illegal.

costmdf
costmdf
2016-09-15 21:03

@johnjoechad have they a mandate to be there?

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2016-09-15 21:31
Reply to  costmdf

From kurdish authorities : clearly yes…

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Unknown
2016-09-15 21:54
Reply to  Daeshbags Sux

It is Syrian land, therefore illegal.

Castellano
Castellano
2016-09-15 22:39
Reply to  Unknown

International law aint shhit for the West.

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Unknown
2016-09-15 23:42
Reply to  Castellano

Unless it’s the other side that violates it

Pete
Pete
2017-02-17 13:07
Reply to  Unknown

It’s north Syrian land. There’s a difference now.

Pete
Pete
2017-02-17 13:10
Reply to  Unknown

“It is Syrian land” – such a tribal answer. Nobody owns land, that’s a fiction. It’s the land of whoever is living there. The people who live there are in charge now.

Homer J. Lücke
Homer J. Lücke
2016-09-15 20:56

Besatzer!!!

james spencer
james spencer
2016-09-15 21:15

Mission Creep…..Plan B.

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Ron
2016-09-15 22:32

The Syrian Arab Air Force should carpet-bomb this provocation to smithereens, ensuring each and every Yanki interloper dies. An example must be made.

Pete
Pete
2017-02-17 13:11
Reply to  Ron

Another armchair general. If you feel that way, why not go to the front lines and tell them?

Robert J. Blank
Robert J. Blank
2016-09-15 22:32

The real agenda is revealed: Occupation. Partition. Re-colonization.

Gib Smart
Gib Smart
2016-09-15 21:58

then RUSSIA shld also put there BASE in yemen city of sanaa,.. to give in a fair war GAME

Danijel Segrt
Danijel Segrt
2016-09-15 22:24
Reply to  Gib Smart

Not the right move . They want to make it a p**s contest like with the SSSR . Putin is much smarter . He is slowly isolating them . Maybe some people cant notice it . But even if they had ever some credibility , after Iraq it is gone . Duterte from the Phillipines wants them out of his country . They are losing ground very fast on the diplomatic level .

Gib Smart
Gib Smart
2016-09-15 23:51
Reply to  Gib Smart

but america is not a nation of giving a room to play your game they will Doom yu in a minute

Danijel Segrt
Danijel Segrt
2016-09-15 23:57
Reply to  Gib Smart

Nahh they are too powerful for head on attack . If you cut the suplly lines like in a war . They will crumble from inside . Same happened to Great Britain . They will be forced to retreat from everywhere . This takes time but better than nuclear war . Of course you need a strong millitary , so they dont come to foolish conclusions . But not like they have now . It is like when you see a bulk boxer , fighting a more agile opponent. He has the power , he controls the ring but for… Read more »

Pete
Pete
2017-02-17 13:13
Reply to  Gib Smart

Little known fact, but Russia already has a base in Rojava, and a landing strip, just like the US. Russia, US and Syria are all allied with the Rojavans to some extent or other.

Vanzandt Chris
Vanzandt Chris
2016-09-15 21:59

Biji ypg ypj pesh pkk

RH
RH
2016-09-15 22:03

@RaniaKhalek Iraq II, more deaths and more destruction, but hey, the military-industrial complex will make a killing.

That ⛾ Guy
That ⛾ Guy
2016-09-15 22:00

@RaniaKhalek Empire & Colonialism. Rich ruling the Earth.

Ron Chandler
Ron Chandler
2016-09-15 22:22

There’s a Stars and Stripes that will wipe the behind of a soldier of the Syrian Arab Army.

AJRimmer
AJRimmer
2016-09-15 23:05

@TheDaneChris

It’s an outrage. Kurds are complicit. Syria must give US an ultimatum–get out or face consequences.

Pete
Pete
2017-02-17 13:14
Reply to  AJRimmer

What consequences would they face? Syria and Rojava are not at war.

Farhat Kaboudi
Farhat Kaboudi
2016-09-15 20:54

I swear this time if another major attack happens in USA I would be happy … Americans deserve it

Joe Pelosi
Joe Pelosi
2016-09-15 21:22
Reply to  Farhat Kaboudi

If another major attack happens in the us, our govt is in on it. They control everything.

C A DURHAM
C A DURHAM
2016-09-16 09:49
Reply to  Joe Pelosi

AMERICA ONLY CONTROLS WHAT ISRAEL PERMITS ..

andy
andy
2016-09-16 13:37
Reply to  Farhat Kaboudi

Not only you,but whole world will be sellebrate
US arrogance will be their downfall!

Bart Berger
Bart Berger
2016-09-15 20:45

Better set up one h**l of a perimeter, ISIS will be coming! I hope its on high ground!

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2016-09-15 21:53
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peace4somalia
peace4somalia
2016-09-15 21:16

@TheDaneChris @Souria4Syrians how does it feel to share with porky heads?

Danijel Segrt
Danijel Segrt
2016-09-15 22:20

The democraty bringers 😀

Nadia Ali
Nadia Ali
2016-09-16 01:58

What the h**l is wrong with this American government they can not do that and this is unacceptable they are not welcome in Syria ????????????

Pete
Pete
2017-02-17 13:17
Reply to  Nadia Ali

Clearly they are welcome in northern Syria, otherwise they wouldn’t have been invited. In any case they are allies with Rojava in the fight against Daesh, and so are the Russians and the Syrian government.

Yassin Albarri
Yassin Albarri
2016-09-15 21:04

Ned Marshall scum

Yassin Albarri
Yassin Albarri
2016-09-15 21:05
Reply to  Yassin Albarri

Make a fuss about Russian Crimea being “illegal” but set up military base in Syria without permission from Syrian government

Pete
Pete
2017-02-17 13:20
Reply to  Yassin Albarri

they don’t need permission from the Syrian government, only from the rojavan administration.

Cyriak Papasissis
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Cyriak Papasissis
2016-09-15 21:24

When the time is ripe and the Syrian Army comes to liberate Tell Abyad , they are going to move out , whether they like it or not.

Pete
Pete
2017-02-17 13:23

Tell Abyad is already liberated. It’s in Kobani canton.

Manal Al Oran
Manal Al Oran
2016-09-15 21:15

What’s going on ?

Nguyên Hà Võ
Nguyên Hà Võ
2016-09-16 00:00
Reply to  Manal Al Oran

“On Sept. 2, several PYD/PKK militants displayed a U.S. flag in the village of Rafe, north of the liberated city of Manbij, 25 kilometers (15 miles) from the west bank of the Euphrates River.
According to local Syrian opposition sources on the ground, the flags are used as deterrents to prevent possible attacks.
By displaying the U.S. flags, they are sending the false signal that U.S. forces are also present”.
http://www.dailysabah.com/syrian-crisis/2016/09/15/pyd-flies-us-flags-on-its-facilities-again-in-north-of-syria

Pete
Pete
2017-02-17 13:21

lol, your answer to “what’s going on” is a 6 month old link from an AKP propaganda outlet.

Manal Al Oran
Manal Al Oran
2016-09-16 07:40
Reply to  Manal Al Oran

Nguyên Hà Võ thank you

Truth And Justice
Truth And Justice
2016-09-15 21:49

Hopefully ISIS or the Syrian army will clear them out and make sure those Filthy American Terrorists don’t leave alive.

Pete
Pete
2017-02-17 13:18

“Hopefully ISIS … will” – ISIS supporter, supporting ISIS. Good luck the next time you go through airport immigration.

Rabih (ربيع) Awad
Rabih (ربيع) Awad
2016-09-15 21:16

@TheDaneChris https://t.co/5ZbQzz63jP

Peggy Breckin
Peggy Breckin
2016-09-15 22:43

@les_politiques !!!

TROPA SOCIALISTA
TROPA SOCIALISTA
2016-09-15 23:11

@leithfadel WHERE COMES THE EMPIRE, NO LONGER WILL NEVER WILL. TWO EGGS KURDS STRUGGLING ALONE WITH THE IMPERIALIST TURKS

jo6pac
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jo6pac
2016-09-16 00:56

destroy it by all means and I’m an Amerikan who wants this to stop.

Steven Friel
Steven Friel
2016-09-16 00:27

@RaniaKhalek @TheDaneChris These Syrians better stand for the star spangled banner.

ًWard Alyafe
ًWard Alyafe
2016-09-16 01:10

they are not American

Zsédely István
Zsédely István
2016-09-16 02:56
Juan Rivas
Juan Rivas
2016-09-16 04:43

Fail assad

Ali Rehman Qureshi
Ali Rehman Qureshi
2016-09-16 08:58

Bilal Afridi 80 flags puray ho kar rahain gain

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2016-09-15 21:55

The pictured Lafarge cement plant base is running for months.
This won’t be a good idea to set up a permanent military base here : Syria will need this plant for reconstruction.

Castellano
Castellano
2016-09-15 23:00
Reply to  Daeshbags Sux

Lafarge? The same french Lafarge #1 global cement company who funded ISIS? Same wich Killary Klinton was part of the executive board? Same company who has funded also Klinton foundation? Same company who collaborated with CIA in secret weapons program for Saddam Hussein? Now US army in their complex? WOW, and to make the final climax you said that the plant would be needed for reconstruction. Well, I suppose that in some twisted unhuman western world thinking that sadly I see thats commonly accepted (conscious or unconscious), all has its logic. Let’s fund & arm factions in the countries we… Read more »

Nguyên Hà Võ
Nguyên Hà Võ
2016-09-15 23:56

Just another BS lie, see this one is totally different here: “On Sept. 2, several PYD/PKK militants displayed a U.S. flag in the village of Rafe, north of the liberated city of Manbij, 25 kilometers (15 miles) from the west bank of the Euphrates River.

According to local Syrian opposition sources on the ground, the flags are used as deterrents to prevent possible attacks.

By displaying the U.S. flags, they are sending the false signal that U.S. forces are also present”
http://www.dailysabah.com/syrian-crisis/2016/09/15/pyd-flies-us-flags-on-its-facilities-again-in-north-of-syria