Sunday, December 30

"US Vacates First Warehouse in Syria Amid Pullout – Reports"

Now if that's not a hopeful headline from Sputnik I don't know what is, but it does seem the U.S. is making moves to draw down its troop presence in N.E.Syria, at least. However, the reports have to be read against this one, posted today at Iran's state-run FARS: Tens of US Military Trucks Arrive in Bases in Northeastern Syria.
Almost 200 trucks of the US army, carrying arms, ammunition and military hardware have arrived in the coalition-run bases in Northeastern Syria, the militant-affiliated Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Sunday. [...]
I consider the report to be reliable, although the materiel might be a  parting gift for Kurdish forces. I also consider reliable the SOHR report that the U.S. set up a new military base near the town of Hajin in Southeastern Deir Ezzor after the announced U.S. troop withdrawal. Might just be a temporary base to house troops being withdrawn from the N.E., but we'll see. Now to the news about the warehouse:

05:26 - 30.12.2018

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United States has cleared the first military warehouse in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakah, media reported.
Sources told Turkey's state Anadolu news agency that the 4,306-square-foot warehouse on the border with Iraq was vacated on Friday.
The outlet said the warehouse, which contained trucks and Hummer armored vehicles, served as a hub for distributing military aid to the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara sees as a terrorist group.
The 50 US troops based around the warehouse had been relocated to Iraq, the publication added, in line with US President Donald Trump’s promise last week to pull all personnel from Syria.

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