first published on December 7, 2018 by Will
Russian officials reportedly suggested opening a joint US-Russia base in Syria, to which the Americans declined.
The Russians wanted to open the proposed joint base near at-Tanf, a key entry point from Syria to Iraq, which is currently under the control of US Special Operations troops and their Arab militias.
Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian military’s General Staff, reasoned that “The United States established the so-called 55-km security zone around this community, and illegal armed groups continue their terrorist activity under its cover, making periodic sorties against the government forces.” Jointly operating the region would allow Russia to mitigate those conflicts, according to them.
However, the US smartly shot down the suggestion. ” …we are not looking for, nor need any help in the area around Al Tanf,” Army Col. Sean Ryan said. “The process is working and any interference only adds to an already complex battlefield environment.”
The US Special Operations troops operating the at-Tanf outpost are most likely using extremely sensitive assets and techniques on a daily basis, which would have become the target of Russian espionage and sabotage if such a joint base was created.
In early September 2018, the Russian military repeatedly warned that they were going to support an imminent Syrian Army attack on the US special operations outpost at at-Tanf, Syria.
The Pentagon didn’t take the threats lightly and immediately reenforced the base with India Company, 3d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, who are attached to the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response-Central Command.
The following footage documents Operation Apex Teufelhunden, a rapid response training exercise near At Tanf Garrison on Sept. 7-11, 2018. The exercise not only allows the Marines to perform a “dry run” for training purposes, but also acts as a show of force for the ever-watching Russian and Syrian Army units.