22 February 2017 satellite images of US Airfield, 30km south of #Kobani. used by @CJTFOIR in the fight against #Daesh in #Syria. #SDF #YPG pic.twitter.com/8zZYJ0i8oL— leshker (@leshker_) April 5, 2017
War Is Boting: The U.S. Military Expands Its Network of Syrian Airfields
Bases make it easier to bring in supplies for the SDF
A recent article in the Russian state-owned Sputnik Turkey outlet speculated that the airfield the United States built from scratch in the Syrian-Kurdish Kobani region could become a substitute for Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base.
The assertion is likely correct—but only to an extent. The United States has never been able to completely rely on Incirlik, where the U.S. Air Force bases a modest fleet warplanes and drones along with thousands of service members. Incirlik is also the home for around 50 of America’s B-61 nuclear bombs.
Today is no different. Ankara vehemently disapproves of U.S. support for Syrian-Kurdish militants fighting the Islamic State in Syria. Turkey fears the militants will seek to aid Kurdish insurgents in Turkey itself, and frequently rose the prospect of prohibiting American warplanes from using the base in recent months.
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WNU Editor: I can see the U.S. using these airbases as a means to bring in supplies and (maybe) being a forward base for helicopter gunships. But basing fighter jets and bombers .... the logistics and manpower would be too great.