The U.S., which evacuated more than half of its bases in Syria during Turkey’s counter-terrorism operation, has strengthened its military presence in oil-rich areas and also brought back its forces to some previously evacuated bases, Anadolu Agency reports.
The U.S. forces joined the civil war in Syria in September 2014 with airstrikes against the Daesh/ISIS terrorist organization.
In the face of rising Daesh/ISIS terror threat, the U.S. positioned the YPG/PKK terrorist organization as a ground force.
In addition to arms support to the terrorist organization, it also provided air support, established bases and military points in the areas occupied by YPG/PKK.
On October 9, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate terrorists from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.
Ankara wants YPG/PKK terrorists to withdraw from the region so that a safe zone can be created to pave the way for the safe return of some two million refugees.
On October 22, Turkey and Russia reached a deal under which YPG/PKK terrorists would pull back 30 km (18.6 mi) south of Turkey’s border with Syria, and security forces from Turkey and Russia would mount joint patrols there.