US denies establishing air bases in northern Syria

US denies claims that it is establishing two air bases in northern Syria in attempt to fight against DAESH

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors are seen parked at Kadena Air Base on the island of Okinawa in Japan.

The Pentagon on Monday rejected reports that claim United States is building two air bases in northern Syria within the context of the fight against DAESH terror organization.

Syrian regime forces have stated the US is extending an airstrip in Rmeilan, in Hasakeh Province, and new reports have emerged of a base close the Kobani.

"We are not building or operating any air bases in Syria," Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters.

Still, Washington has accepted it has sent nearly 50 special operation soldiers who train and equip local anti-DAESH fighters on the ground in northern Syria.

"That we have people there and that we have made deliveries there, and that they have to get there by some means should be no secret, but we are not going to comment on the means," Davis said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced in January that the Rmeilan airfield had been expanded and was "nearly ready" for use by the US planes.

US has been conducting air strikes on DAESH targets in Syria since 2014. 

TRTWorld and agencies