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al-Zkuf / al-Zukf

US-led Western forces set up a new military base in al-Zukf (or al-Zkuf), 70 kilometers east of Al-Tanf, near the Syrian-Iraqi border. The names al-Zukf or al-Zkuf are otherwise un-atested. The base is located about 130 km from the city of Al-Bukamal in Deir Ezzor Province.

According to the US-led coalition, the goal of the facility is to train and train the Syrian opposition armed forces against the terrorist organization Islamic State of IS. A US-backed militant group, Jaysh Maghawir al-Thawra, will participate in training at the base under the "guidance" of American military advisers. It is also a rebel group of the Syrian-backed Syrian-led Free Syrian Army (FSA) in southern Syria.

Meanwhile, US Task Forces as well as units from US-led coalition forces continued to train members of the Syrian Freedom Force (FSA) at Al-Tanf base. The purpose is to prepare for an attack on the IS in the city of Al-Bukamal. The purpose of the US-led Al-Zkuf alliance is to stop the SAA from approaching the Syrian-Iraqi border, and to block units of Iraqi government troops and civilians. Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) can assist in the counter-terrorist operations of Assad forces in Syria.

The US Special Operations Forces as well as units from other US-led coalition member states continued training Free Syrian Army (FSA) members in the Al-Tanf base. The aim is to prepare for an attack on ISIS in the city of Al-Bukamal. However, the FSA had so far prefered launching attacks on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the desert of Damascus.

The purpose of the new US-led coalition base in Al-Zkuf is to prevent the SAA advance aimed at reaching the Syrian-Iraqi border. The Iraqi government as well as the Popular Mobilization Units may support Damascus counter-terrorism efforts in Syria. This may also contribute to preventing Iran from transfering weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon, This is an Israeli demand. The main goal of the American avant-garde base is to prevent the Syrian government troops, their allies, Hezbollah and other pro-Iranian forces from taking control of the 300-kilometer section of the Syrian-Iraqi border.

The coalition led by the United States as part of the campaign against the Islamic State opened several military bases in Syria and Iraq, some of which have already been closed, as stated by the Pentagon September 26, 2017 in response to a question by Russias RIA Novosti news agency. "Throughout Syria and Iraq, the coalition has opened and closed several bases, as required by the operational situation, in order to ensure effective support of our partners' forces. The decision to create and close temporary bases is determined by the requirements of the operational situation and the course of the campaign," said Pentagon spokesman, Adrian Rankine-Galloway, in an interview with RIA Novosti.

The representative of the agency commented on media reports that stated that the U.S. military had left the Al-Zkuf base in southern Syria as part of its agreement with Russia to create de-escalation zones in the Arab Republic. The abbreviation MaT in the Pentagon stands for the grouping of the Syrian opposition called Jaysh Maghawir al-Thawra, which is part of the so-called Revolutionary Commando Army (previously called the New Syrian Army).

A survey in July 2018 of Google Earth did not disclose anything resembling a military base in the "70 km north-east of Al-Tanf near the Syrian-Iraqi border" area indicated by news reports to be associated with the al-Zukf facility. In June 2017, satellite imagery from along the Jordanian-Syrian border was reported to reveal a US military base located some 18 km east of Syrias Tanf Crossing into Iraqs Al-Anbar Governorate. The imagery does appear to include a military base, but the location is rather closer to Tanf that reports of the al-Zukf would suggest, and a survey in July 2018 of Google Earth did not disclose anything resembling a military base in the area indicated by thse news reports

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