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US Sends Reinforcements to Tanf Airbase

US Sends Reinforcements to Tanf Airbase

Monday, 11 February, 2019 - 09:00
US military trainers show Iraqi soldiers how to work in a formation near Baghdad in 2015 (AFP)
London - Asharq Al-Awsat
US reinforcements, consisting of military vehicles, guns and heavy weapons, have reached al-Tanf area, 490 km west of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province in Iraq, according to an Iraqi military source.

A local official and military source in Anbar disclosed Saturday the arrival of US reinforcements to Tanf that lies on the border with Syria.

The source indicated that the reinforcements aim to secure the Iraqi-Syrian border, in conjunction with the military operations launched by the Syrian side to liberate ISIS’ last stronghold in Deir Ezzor province.

He explained that the reinforcements came from Ein al-Asad base in al-Baghdadi and used the international highway to reach Tanf.

An Iraqi Lieutenant Colonel confirmed the information.

US forces have several bases in Anbar near Syria, including al-Habbaniyah base, 30 km east of Ramadi - and Ein al-Asad, the German news agency (DPA) quoted the source as saying.

The US administration has yet to issue a statement on the matter.

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