Courtesy of our close friends at XBRADTC comes this piece of excitement that rates at least a mild “holy shit!”:
A small team of U.S. troops is setting up a base camp at Rmeilan Air Base in the Syrian Kurdish region near Syria’s Iraqi and Turkish borders, according to local reports.
American helicopters operated at the base over the past couple of weeks as local workers expanded the runway, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The airfield was until recently under control of the Syrian Kurdish forces, known as the YPG, but was turned over to the U.S. to help expand American support for the Syrian Democratic Forces, which is the loose-knit coalition of American-backed militants fighting the Islamic State group.
“Under a deal with the YPG, the U.S. was given control of the airport. …
Ah, sorry– “Given control of the airport.” This move is, as XRADTC says, “significant step.” Yes, but in what direction?
What, again, is our aim there? What are we trying to achieve, and what do we want it to look like when we’re done? Someone please give me the BLUF.