In an interview with Sputnik Arabic, Syrian lawmaker Nabil Taama said that by ramping up its military bases in Syria the US wants to set a counterbalance to Russia’s presence in Syria and help establish an autonomous Kurdish state.
"This is an attack on Syria’s sovereignty. Washington continues its aggressive policy on Syrian soil," Taama said.
According to the lawmaker, the US is trying to gain a foothold in Syria, taking on and outmaneuvering Russia. However, he stressed, Russia’s military efforts in Syria are authorized by Damascus.
In turn, Syrian military and strategic expert Brig. Gen. Muhammed Isa pointed out that there is no reasonable basis for the US military presence in Syria and it is "absolutely illegal."
The general also claimed that the Pentagon coordinates its actions with Daesh and opposition forces. At the same time, the Russian military campaign is aimed at helping the Syrian legitimate government fight terrorism and preserve the country’s territorial integrity.
"The United States military intervention into Syria without the permission of the Syrian government clearly violates the United Nations Charter and the Nuremberg Charter, Judgement and Principles," Boyle said in July.
According to the report, two air bases in the area of Rmeilan, the province of Hasakah, have been operating since October 2015. In March 2016, a helicopter base was opened in the Harab Isk village near the city of Kobani, which also serves as a staging post on a military aid delivery route to the Syrian Kurds.
In addition, three more military facilities are reportedly located in the province of Hasakah. One of them hosts some 100 US servicemen and the other about 150. These bases are focused on the struggle with Daesh. Two more sites are located in the town of Manbij, where operations are conducted against the forces of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
According to Anadolu, the deployment locations of US troops are often designated as "closed areas" and are classified. The troops assist in airstrikes and shelling, train local forces and conduct operational planning.
The bases are equipped with highly maneuverable artillery batteries, rocket launchers, mobile reconnaissance equipment and armored cars, Strykers in particular, the report reads.