Saturday, April 8, 2017

DEBKA is Reporting "US Air Force to quit Incirlik, move to Syria base"

We have a boilerplate heads-up on Debka's biases which we usually follow with a note they have sources on a level with many intelligence services.

To that I might have to add a clickbait warning if this story doesn't turn out to be as dramatic as they make it sound.

From DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2017, 7:28 PM (IDT):
Several US engineering teams are working round the clock to build a big new air base in northern Syria after completing the expansion of another four. They are all situated in the Syrian borderland with Iraq, debkafile’s military forces report.

This was going on over the weekend as senators, news correspondents and commentators were outguessing each other over whether the US missile attack on the Syrian Shayrat air base Friday, in retaliation for the Assad regime’s chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun, was a one-off or the start of a new series.

As the White House parried those questions, the Trump administration was going full steam ahead on the massive project of preparing to pull US air force units out of the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey, in active American use since 2002. Those units were in the middle of a big moving job to the five new and expanded air bases in Syria. Their hub is to be Tabqa, which is just 110km west of the Islamic State’s Syrian capital, Raqqa. The other five are Hajar airport in the Rmelan region, two small air fields serving farm transport in Qamishli, which have been converted to military us; and a fifth in the Kurdish Kobani enclave north of Aleppo near the Syrian-Turkish border.

Tabqa is also becoming the main assembly-point for the joint US, Kurdish, tribal Arab force that is coming together in readiness for a major charge on Raqqa....MORE
Just as Debka is sometimes used by the Israeli Defense Force to propagate a storyline so is Voice of America used by the U.S. (Mar. 31): 
US-led Coalition Boosting Airfield Capabilities in Syria

And Germany's state-run Deutsche-Welle (Mar. 29):
German government finds eight alternatives to Incirlik military base in Turkey

The question all this raises is: "Who is this story being targeted toward?"