International Coalition building new large military base east of Euphrates River

DAYRO ZCURO, Syria — With the re-emergence of activity of the Islamic State (ISIS) in both Syria and Iraq, especially in the eastern Euphrates Region in Syria, the U.S.-led International Coalition has begun construction of a large military base in the Omar oil field on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River in the countryside Dayro Zcuro (Deir ez-Zor).

U.S. forces have recently completed the first phase of construction, with the second phase currently underway. Once completed, the new base will be the largest Coalition base in the region.

The forces constructing the base have so far completed the foundation and platforms intended for the installation of highly advanced air defense batteries.

Being the largest coalition base, it will house a large contingent of soldiers and other personnel.

The construction of the base comes at a time of increased tensions with Iran, which has forces on the opposite side of the Euphrates River. Recent media reports have indicated the possibility that Iranian forces may target U.S. forces in Syria.

The Al-Walid Border Crossing between Syria and Iraq has seen intensified deliveries logistical materials heading to Coalition bases in Hasakah and Dayro Zcuro.