US Forces Reinvigorating Al-Tanf Base at Syria-Iraq Border

Washington has started recruiting more fighters to reinvigorate al-Tanf base in Southern Homs near the border with Iraq despite US army claims about its imminent pullout from the region, a Syrian paper reported on Tuesday.

The Arabic-language al-Watan, a state-run daily, quoted well-informed sources as reporting that the “US occupiers” in al-Tanf base at border with Iraq have started recruiting a large number of young men from al-Rukban refugee camp.

It went on to say that the US move is aimed at stretching a security belt around al-Tanf base and al-Rukban camp, adding that a sum of $600 monthly salary has been promised to the fresh forces.

The paper further said that the US forces will train the newly-recruited men who will later wear US military uniform.

The US had previously announced an agreement with Russia to leave al-Tanf soon, but later it halted the plan.