US boosts forces in Iraq/Syria, backing recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Golan

Exclusive: The US has continued to buttress its military presence in E. Syria and W. Iraq in six bases, since the buildup was first reported by DEBKAfile on March 9. On March 20, President Donald Trump confirmed the decision to leave 400 US troops in Syria – 200 in the north and 200 at Al Tanf on the Jordanian border. (He did not speak about 200 on the Israeli border, as widely reported.) Two days earlier, Gen. Joseph Danford, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, denied a Wall Street Journal report that the US planned to leave 1,000 soldiers in Syria, while unnamed US military sources spoke of 1,500 American troops that would remain in North Syria.

DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources have sorted out the conflicting reports and can confirm that the US has substantially boosted its military strength in both countries and distributed the strength among six bases:

Three are located in Iraq. For the first time since ISIS was defeated there in early 2016, US Marines have been posted to a base near the Iraqi town of Ramadi, capital of the western governorate of Anbar and 1110km from Baghdad. (See attached map.).

Reinforcements have also reached the US K1 military base near Kirkuk. Earlier this year, the US army converted this facility into its main depot for the intake of American troops and equipment withdrawn from Syria. Since the withdrawal has wound down, K1 has been built up for controlling the northern sector of the Iraqi-Syrian border from Iraqi Kurdistan.

The third US base consolidated in Iraq this week was the big Ayn al-Asad Airbase (which President Trump visited last Christmas).

A glance at the attached map reveals that by dint of their newly-reinforced and deployed strength, US forces in Iraq are able to afford the American Middle East command full control of central, western and northern Iraq.
The US bases augmented in Syria this month are located in three regions:

The southern Al Tanf base, just 24km west of the Syrian-Jordanian-Iraq border junction, has been strengthened with additional Marine and artillery forces.

Al Raqqa, the Islamic State’s stronghold in Syria until its ouster by US-backed Kurdish forces in 2017, is the second base.

And the third is the US air base at Remelin northeast of Hasakeh, the Syrian Kurds’ political center.

The six bases are focal points of US military command control of around 1,500 of territory between Ramadi in central Iraq, up to Hasakeh in northern Syria, and down south to Al Tanf. This wedge of land is bisected down the center by the Iraqi-Syria border.

The new US military deployment in Syria and Iraq gives substance to President Trump’s statement that the time has come to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan. Most significantly, it is a high impediment for the plan hatched between Tehran and the Assad regime to go forward without delay for the establishment of an Iranian land bridge to the Mediterranean after first reopening the Iraqi-Syrian border. Iranian, Syrian and Iraqi generals began planning this project when they met on March 18 in Damascus.

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51 thoughts on “US boosts forces in Iraq/Syria, backing recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Golan

  • Mar 23, 2019 @ 18:15 at 18:15

    Israel will always prevail.
    But, this is a serious challenge for every Israeli.
    God bless!

    • Mar 24, 2019 @ 3:47 at 3:47


      The antisemitic squatters have been losing wars for 50 years, while retaining dependency on that critical $10m welfare check every day!

      • Mar 24, 2019 @ 7:43 at 7:43

        @ Weaker than a Spider’s Fart

        Your comment stinks of blindness hate, death would be a salvation for you, so I wish you live long and eat yo liver every day, the good things shall came in a chain of happy news for Israel and without foreseeable end.

        P.S. Insect!

        • Mar 24, 2019 @ 15:47 at 15:47

          Actually, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob have been losing wars for thousands of years. But, they have been winning wars too (big miraculous ones). And what happens next has nothing to do with them … and everything to do with the outstretched hand of Almighty God. Just keep watching.

          PS. Spider, even you know that in the end hatred always loses. Get on the side of love and firgiveness while you can.

          • Mar 24, 2019 @ 16:12 at 16:12

            winning wars for thousands of years ? Christians ruled the lands for thousands of years , so its hard to understand what they were winning ? War with Greeks – lost; presence of Greeks until today , war with Persians? Darius and his followers ruled for thousand of years , Romans –2 thousand of years, Masons rule until today ; Not sure about winning anything –6 day war ? Jordan still rules Jerusalem , West bank /Gasa –Israelis lost it , Egypt war ? they lost, as it was with Syrians . They gave away cities and bases and resources . Actually Israel shrank to the level never seen before ==are the rulers of Israel do not see it , or they all were blinded by American stupidity?

          • Mar 25, 2019 @ 15:05 at 15:05

            siz savunmasız güçsüz ortadoğuda şiddeti kaosu artıran katil bir devletsiz sadece savunmasızlara gücünüz yeten korkaklarsınız

        • Mar 24, 2019 @ 21:31 at 21:31

          Your beloved Saud Family Pedophiles produce the liver-eaters, as they showed in Syria. But you know that already! They’re the same heart-gobbling mercenaries the squatter army gave so many handjobs to in the Stolen Golan while they got their BRAINS BEAT IN.

        • Mar 25, 2019 @ 2:58 at 2:58

          For behold, I am sending you serpents, adders which cannot be charmed, and they shall bite you, says the Lord.
          serpents, adders: After seventy years, the snake becomes a צפע, which shuts its ear so that it will not hear the voice of the charmer who charms him, as it is stated (Psalms 58:5), “Like a deaf asp that shuts up its ear.” That is the meaning of “that cannot be charmed.”

      • Mar 24, 2019 @ 11:25 at 11:25

        “The antisemitic squatters have been losing wars for 50 years, while retaining dependency on that critical $10m welfare check every day!”


        @ “Weaker than a Spider’s Web”,

        Your “Nom de Plume” betrays your total lack of knowledge regarding history and entomology as well.
        From a historical perspective, against all odds, one side to the Middle East conflict managed to do quite well in 1948, 1956, 1967 and 1973.
        From an entomological perspective, a spider’s web is actually stronger than steel, the fact of which has already been pointed out to you by another poster.

        • Mar 24, 2019 @ 21:57 at 21:57

          “Against all odds” armed and enabled by the entirety of White Power!

          I can see that math is a problem, though, so I’ll leave that point to the side.

          That 1973–what a glorious victory for the squatters! Get obliterated, cry to Uncle Sam, pray.

      • Mar 24, 2019 @ 18:38 at 18:38

        @weaker:when you write ha,i tought that you are bursting dead

    • Mar 24, 2019 @ 12:01 at 12:01

      what kind of operations these 200 soldiers can do? They can’t cover anywhere and do anything. They just planned there to stable us foothold in those areas.
      I think debka try to make US policy in syria and iraq look good, but it is totally disastrous for US interests (which spends trillion of dollars in middle east)

      • Mar 24, 2019 @ 15:10 at 15:10

        Actually, a base with 200 troops can do a lot. There could be both strategic and tactical aspects to such a base and the effects can be both direct and indirect.

        • Mar 24, 2019 @ 19:47 at 19:47

          For whom exactly? They can block a road or attack somewhere? If they trying to do something their base would become a target. In israel perspective defending trump policies is a key, but in fact he loose both syria and iraq

  • Mar 23, 2019 @ 18:49 at 18:49

    God’s judgments are coming and soon hearthelordjesus(dot)com

  • Mar 23, 2019 @ 19:19 at 19:19

    The US cannot permit the iranian dreams to become reality.

    • Mar 24, 2019 @ 2:33 at 2:33

      I shait on the Iranian dreams and then I shait some more.

  • Mar 23, 2019 @ 19:48 at 19:48

    Thank you POTUS Trump!!!

    • Mar 24, 2019 @ 15:56 at 15:56

      there is no god you are crazy!!!!

    • Mar 23, 2019 @ 20:54 at 20:54

      Brother, you’d do well to not swallow hook, line and sinker the secular National Review’s overarching, broadbrush view of why “(All) Evangelical Christians” support Isreal’s right to exist. It’s simply untrue

      There may be a small fragment of Christians worldwide who do as you claim, but it is only a tiny microscopic misled fringe element. For starters, Christians believe God’s plan will unfold in God’s time and there is NOTHING man can do to speed it, slow it or alter it.

      Compare this to the near universal belief of Shia Islamists who openly profess that intentionally sowing discord, hatred, war and chaos will hurry the return of their Mahdi, the Hidden Prophet.

      • Mar 25, 2019 @ 11:21 at 11:21

        yeah, keep talking

        Are these His deeds? Do my words not benefit the one who goes straight?

        “Whoever takes no thought for the honor of his maker it would be better for him not to be born.” (Mishnah Chagigah 2:1)

    • Mar 23, 2019 @ 22:38 at 22:38

      I am a Right wing Evangelical Christian who loves and supports Israel because I and nearly all other Evangelical Christians that I know and follow believe and follow Genesis 12-3. Period. We believe that the Jews are G-d’s chosen people, past, present, and future. Period.

      We believe that Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people, is the only Democracy in the ME, that the Christian Holy sites are safe in Israeli hands, and that Israel is our most important ally in the world.
      We believe that Israel has survived , won the wars forced on her, and prospered because there are still enough Jews who follow Torah and pray to G-d. We also believe that when the US supports Israel, we prosper and good things happen. Consequently when we have had Presidents who pressure Israel to give up land, bad things happen in our country.
      US Evangelical Christians are better friends to Israel than most US Jews, who blindly support the Democrat party.

      So stop hating on us, we’re your only friends, we put Trump in office.

      • Mar 23, 2019 @ 23:14 at 23:14

        Exactly. And thank you.

      • Mar 24, 2019 @ 3:54 at 3:54

        How very eloquently said!!!!

        G-D Bless the Jewish state of Israel and ALL those who support it -FOREVER!!!!

      • Mar 24, 2019 @ 4:11 at 4:11


      • Mar 24, 2019 @ 18:33 at 18:33

        i believe in the easter bunny

      • Mar 25, 2019 @ 1:20 at 1:20

        You’ve never read Romans 9, where only those who obey Christ will be considered the seed of Abraham, not physical lineage. Being born Jew doesnt make you one per Romans 9. Period. Full Stop. So stop trying to rewrite Christianity, only the false messiah comes from a revived Israel disconnected from her God, nothing good. False utopia,then, sudden destruction.

        • Mar 25, 2019 @ 11:47 at 11:47

          Israel is the false Moshi’a

        • Mar 26, 2019 @ 11:36 at 11:36

          juice are forbidden to read from Hakham Sha’uL of Parthenia

      • Mar 25, 2019 @ 11:43 at 11:43

        They say to those who despise Me, “The Lord has spoken, ‘You shall have peace, ‘ ” and [to] everyone who follows the view of his heart they say, “No evil shall befall you.”

        זבִּרְצ֣וֹת יְ֖הוָה דַּרְכֵי־אִ֑ישׁ גַּם־א֜וֹיְבָ֗יו יַשְׁלִ֥ם אִתּֽוֹ:

        (Devvarim 29:18)

    • Mar 24, 2019 @ 3:40 at 3:40

      Real antisemitism is murdering Semitic people.

      When the squatter colony of european whiteboys shoots Semitic medics or uses drones on Semitic balloon-flying children, that’s antisemitism.

      • Mar 24, 2019 @ 3:56 at 3:56

        Youre a m0r0n ahmed!

        Long Live the Jewish state of Israel with her eternal undivided capital Jerusalem and her ancestral historic heartland of Judea and Samaria and ALL who support her – FOREVER!!!!!

        • Mar 24, 2019 @ 4:52 at 4:52

          The squatter colony owes its existence to the United Nations and White Power.
          That was 1947.

          Seventy years isn’t forever. And the antisemitic squatters have done nothing but lose for the last 5 decades.

      • Mar 24, 2019 @ 11:50 at 11:50

        “When the squatter colony of european whiteboys shoots Semitic medics or uses drones on Semitic balloon-flying children, that’s antisemitism.”

        @ “Weaker than a Spider’s Web”,

        Those of us who have paid attention to the actual facts know more about those “balloons” than you’re stating!

        BTW, your use of the term: “European white boys”………………………interesting!

    • Mar 24, 2019 @ 7:56 at 7:56

      Dear Someone,
      Evangelical Christians DON’T believe that the End Times brings about the death of the Jewish people! Evangelical Christians know that the End Times brings about the salvation of ALL Israel – clearly the Apostle Paul teaches Evangelical Christians that ALL Israel will be saved at the end. So please stop promulgating your lies!

      • Mar 25, 2019 @ 1:25 at 1:25

        False Christian, End Times brings the beast who conquers all tribes including Jews, and kills any who doesn’t worship him as god. Based on this fact alone, true Christians know that many Jews will refuse and thus die. So, stop spreading false doctrine, thanks.

    • Mar 24, 2019 @ 12:43 at 12:43

      Someone should have done himself a great favor and actually took the time to read the entire National Review he linked above.

      It is a very powerful pro-Irael expose and not the anti-Israel rant he thought it was. Christian Zionism has deep theological underpinning in the living word of the God of Israel’s fathers; summed up nicely by the God-breathed prophecy given to Paul and all the world via the text of Romans 11.

  • Mar 23, 2019 @ 21:25 at 21:25

    Each base has to support a possible war.

  • Mar 23, 2019 @ 23:24 at 23:24

    Next announcement from Trump will be acknowledging and militarily backing Kurdistan if the Iraqis don’t do EVERYTHING the US instructs them to. They have NO leverage. One move would inflame Turkey, Iran, Syria, and Iraq (aka the Islamic crescent, and surround the US with a loyal army of Kurds.

  • Mar 24, 2019 @ 0:09 at 0:09

    But Trump said he was pulling out of Syria????? I guess he said the same thing to Stormy Daniels… Lol

    • Mar 24, 2019 @ 0:50 at 0:50

      His intentional unpredictability is a breath of fresh air after the previous administration’s idiotic broadcasting of intentions and timelines. What timetables of this axis of evil did he frustrate with that move? How much of their money did they waste moving forward with a plan thinking we were pulling out? How much deeer in recession are they now when they find themselves back at square one?

      He’s been put in place by YHWH Himself, just like every leader before him, and all things will serve YHWH and His timeline.

      Matthew 24 shows us that Yeshua is at the door and He is about to knock. Repent… REPENT of your sins and accept Him as your messiah, that you be found worthy to enter into His eternal kingdom!

      Shon Ozbun teaches greatly at scriptureandprophecy(dot)com. I’m glad I ran into him as my life was not ok beforehand. I walked in darkness.

    • Mar 24, 2019 @ 3:13 at 3:13

      So circumstances have never caused you to change your mind? Wow, you must be a very special person.

  • Mar 24, 2019 @ 4:33 at 4:33

    The only squatters are you miscreant arabs, still trying to take over the world!
    You are the real colonialists. You are the real slave traders who sold the Africans as slaves (and still do).
    You are the real Jew haters and wannabe Jew killers.
    You are the real murders of babies and then celebrate it. How totally inhuman and psychopathic.
    Hitler called the Slavs “Untermenschen” But he was wrong… It was you and your ilk.

    • Mar 24, 2019 @ 4:48 at 4:48

      Why quote Hitler when you can quote NuttyYahoo’s tweets and squatter law?

  • Mar 24, 2019 @ 10:14 at 10:14

    Good job nobody reconised the occupation of European countries by Nazi in second world war otherwise there would be no Jews left. I guess if Trump was the president in US in Nazi time he would have reconised it.

  • Mar 24, 2019 @ 15:05 at 15:05

    May the Almighty God of Israel guide, protect and preserve President Trump ! Amen.

  • Mar 24, 2019 @ 15:58 at 15:58

    religion is the problem here no religion no war there is no god a lot of you are crazy!!!

  • Mar 24, 2019 @ 23:35 at 23:35

    Actually war existed before Christianity and Islam. It is and has been part and parcel of civilization going back thousands of years regardless of whether or not a religion exists or is practiced by warring parties. To say no religion no war is false or not factual.

  • Mar 30, 2019 @ 16:22 at 16:22

    It is also to support the Kurdish militias that took on ISIS. Abandoning the Kurds would be wrong on so many fronts.

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