By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun | December 26, 2018
The United States has established two new military bases in Iraq's western Anbar province near the Syrian border, an Iraqi official said Tuesday. “The US Army has established two new military facilities in uninhabited parts of the province,” Farhan al-Duleimi, a member of Anbar's provisional council, told Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency.
One base is in the northern Rumana subdistrict, while the other was set up east of the city of al-Rutbah, roughly 200 miles west of Ramadi and less than 60 miles from the Syrian border. “Scores of US soldiers are currently stationed at the two bases, along with drones and other equipment,” Duleimi said. The Iraqi government and the US military have not confirmed Duleimi's assertions.