Turkish media: US troops return to six bases in Syria

US troops have returned to six out of 16 bases and outposts in Syria that had been previously abandoned during the October withdrawal ahead of a Turkish military operation in the country’s north, Anadolu news agency reported.

The agency clarified that the American soldiers have mainly been deployed to the oil rich regions in the country’s northeast close to its borders with Iraq and Turkey. According to Anadolu’s information, the US holds a total of 11 bases and outposts, five of them located in Deir ez-Zor Province, two more in Raqqa. They are also reportedly building two additional outposts in Deir ez-Zor Province.

Previously, the news agency reported that Washington had sent a group of experts to the al-Omar oil field in Deir ez-Zor Province, currently controlled by local Kurdish militia. These experts are reportedly expected to boost oil production and to train local Kurds how to operate the oil field properly.