ERBIL — A military source from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Monday that the US military began expanding the Kobani Airport runway, south of the city, in order to be able to receive the bigger aircraft.
The source, who requested anonymity, revealed to BasNews "The US military is expanding the runway of Kobani Airport, in order to receive the giant aircraft," confirming the presence of hundreds of technicians and experts and American military personnel at the airport.
The source explained that "the airport runway in the past was 1,100 meters long with the width of 60 meters, and it is expected to be expanded to 1,700 meters long and 110 meters wide," adding that a four-meter-tall wall will also be erected around the airport.
The source pointed out that "the US forces are also installing high-frequency radar systems on the hills around the airport aiming at protecting the airport from any possible air attacks."
Regarding the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighters protecting the airport, the source said after the US sent additional troops to the airport the YPG forces were discharged from the task.
The US troops currently possess two military bases in the Kurdish areas of Kobani and Rmelan in northern Syria for logistical purposes in support of the SDF in the battle against the Islamic State in Syria.