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The Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria has received information that US-backed extremist rebels, operating in Washington’s illegal Al-Tanf base, are planning a false flag operation with the intent of laying the blame on Damascus, the deputy head of the center, Major General Oleg Yegorov, was quoted by Russian media as saying on 18 September.
According to the report, released by Russian media outlet RIA Novosti, the CIA-trained Maghawir al-Thawra (MaT) armed group is preparing to launch indiscriminate attacks on residential areas in order to pin them on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
This report follows others from the previous day, which claim that two large US military convoys carrying weapons, armored vehicles, and logistical supplies entered Syria from Iraqi territory on 17 September, en route to a number of Washington’s bases northeast of the country.
In June, Al-Mayadeen reported that MaT had been undergoing extensive military drills under the surveillance of the US-led coalition, as part of a broader plan by Washington to reinforce the armed group’s presence and deploy them across northeastern Syria.
“There is information about a project to rebuild the Maghawir al-Thawra faction … the goal is to expand its areas of influence towards areas where the US is located in northeastern Syria,” sources told Al-Mayadeen at the time, adding that several MaT units had already arrived in Hasakah governorate “without knowing the mission they are assigned to in the region.”
The June report suggests that the redeployment of MaT forces from Al-Tanf to northeast Syria could potentially be an attempt by Washington to “protect” its proxy from Russian or Syrian attacks, as the Al-Tanf base and the MaT positions within it have been targeted by both resistance operations and Russian airstrikes in the past.
US occupation bases across Syria have lately been coming under increased attack, the most recent of which took place on 17 September.
The Al-Tanf base was established in 2016 by US occupation troops to train so-called ‘moderate rebels’ to fight against the forces of the Syrian government.
According to reports from April, US forces stationed in Al-Tanf have been providing military and logistical support to ISIS militants in the region.