Scorched Earth: Withdrawing Empire Blows Up Airstrip It Had Constructed in Syria

Retreating US troops have bombed their base and landing strip near the town of Tell Tamer in northern Syria, and destroyed equipment at another one. Hastily abandoned facilities have previously caused embarrassment for Washington.

The airfield in Syria’s Hasaka Province, located at the Turkish border, was capable of accepting large military transport planes and helicopters, SANA news agency reported.

Well, not anymore, as the Americans blew the airstrip up – probably to stop the rightful owners of the land from using it. Syrian Army has previously entered Tell Tamer, according to Damascus, just as the US troops were withdrawing.

The Americans have also reportedly blown up a radar on Mount Abdulaziz as well as some of their facilities in Hasaka, before heading out towards the Syrian border with Iraq.

The Turkish military and the Kurdish forces are currently fighting not far from the location of the former base in Tell Tamer. US President Donald Trump has ordered the US troops to withdraw from Syria “as safely and quickly as possible”, so that they don’t get stuck between the warring parties.

Curiously, the scorched earth policy on abandoned bases was not initially applied by the leaving American troops. Some were left almost intact, raising speculations that the troops fled in a great hurry and providing for embarrassing videos. RT Arabic gave an exclusive tour of one such base southwest on Manbij.

While leaving another base near Manbij, however, the US troops did their best to destroy what they couldn’t bring with them. When the Syrian Army provided the journalists access to the abandoned compound in the village of Dadat, they found remains of service documentation and a whole server with hard drives.

A camouflaged ‘military challenge edition’ of the Bible and a replica of the “Come and Take It” flag were also discovered among the rubble. The historic flag was the symbol of the Texan Revolution of 1835-36, which saw the state seceding from Mexico and becoming a part of US territory.


  1. Richard Hollembeak says

    Since the War of Northern Aggression most USSA wars has been wars of aggression ; the come and take it flag was a flag of defense at the time of the Revolutionary War of Independence .

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  3. Mary E says

    What a disgusting footprint the US military is leaving after it invades then leaves (parts of)
    countries: Trash and destroyed equipment that others have to clean up. That is the legacy the US leaves the world.

  4. Charles Homer says

    At a spring meeting of the leaders of Venezuela and Syria, it became clear that the war in Syria was a template for the upcoming battle over Venezuela:

    At the very least, it appears that the current civil unrest in Venezuela is following the pattern set by Syria back in 2011 and that it is part of America’s new template for starting a regional war which will allow it to meet its global hegemonic agenda.

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