U.S. military presence in Syria | Forces prepare to deploy defense systems at their bases in northern and eastern Syria
Deir ez-Zor province – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights:
Reliable sources have informed SOHR that U.S. forces stationed in their base in al-Omar oil field on the east bank of the Euphrates River in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor, deployed, about two weeks ago, anti-drone defense systems and surface-to-surface missiles in the base of al-Omar oil field in order to protect their forces from Iranian drone attacks and missiles.
According to Syrian Observatory sources, U.S. forces brought in new defense systems to the al-Omar oil field base from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and they will deploy defense systems in the coming days at all bases of the International Coalition stationed in the northern and eastern regions of Syria, for fear of attacks by Iranian militias on Coalition military bases by drones or with surface-to-surface missiles that the militias brought in.
On February 22, reliable sources informed SOHR that the Iranian-backed Afghani militia of “Liwa Fatemiyoun” brought in a new weapons shipment, this dawn, to its positions in west Euphrates region.
According to SOHR sources, the new shipment, which included shells, missiles and ammunition, entered Syria exactly at 05:30 Syria time aboard vegetable trucks from Iraq, via an unofficial crossing. The trucks headed to Al-Mazare’ area on the outskirts of Al-Mayadeen in eastern Deir Ezzor, which hosts the largest gatherings of Iranian forces and their proxy militias.
SOHR sources also reported that the recently-arrived shipment has been stored in tunnels dug previously by ISIS in Al-Mazare’ during its control of the area.
On February 20, reliable SOHR sources from the western banks of the Euphrates River in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor said that a new shipment of weapons was brought in by Iranian forces and loyal militias to Syrian territory from Iraq.
A day earlier, three “vegetables and fruit” trucks used as camouflage were loaded with Iranian weapons and ammunition, and entered from an illegal crossing between Iraq and Syria near the village of Al-Abbas, which belongs to al-Jala area in the countryside of Albu Kamal city, east of Deir ez-Zor. Iran uses these illegal crossings to transport weapons and ammunition, and the shipment was unloaded in that area. No information has been reported as to whether shipment was transported to other Iranian positions.