US military personnel bombed their own airbase at al-Qulayb in Syria because they needed to leave it urgently, while the usual withdrawal of ordinance requires a large amount of time, Viktor Litovkin, a former military officer, reserve colonel, military journalist and TASS observer, told a Rossa Primavera News Agency correspondent on October 20.
“Perhaps, they did it right. Any serious army would do the same,” said Litovkin.
He noted that, for sure, this is related to the actions of Turkey in northern Syria. However, without an order from their superiors, they would have neither left their airbase nor bombed it.
The expert suggested that, in the case of al-Qulayb Airbase, the bombing was necessary in order not to leave significant infrastructure and weapons that could have been acquired by other forces. This is in contrast to the withdrawal from the Dadat base near Manbij, which they left without bombing.
Within a few days US troops left their positions in northern Syria in conjunction with the beginning of the Turkish military operation against the Kurdish armed formations in Syria.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency