>> The US military may be preparing to spend decades in Syria long after the fight against jihadists there ends. That's according to Washington's main ally in the campaign, the confederation of Kurdish-led rebel groups known as Syrian Democratic Forces. Their spokesman, Talal Selo, telling Reuters that he predicts the Americans will maintain a strategic interest inside the territories controlled by the Kurds.
But as Reuters' John Davison reports from Syria's windswept city of Kobani, any such move may unsettle other US partners.>> Kobani was captured from Islamic State more than two years ago, by the YPG and its allies, with US backing. The Kurdish YPG militia is the main force that controls areas such as Kobani and further northeast areas in Syria.
But a long-term US military presence in northern Syria in support of the YPG and its allies in the STF is likely to anger Washington's NATO ally, Turkey. Turkey has been fighting a three-decade Kurdish urgency in its southeast including in areas near the Syrian border. The YPG has links with the PKK group in Turkey which is waging the insurgency.
>> The Pentagon has not publicly disclosed its long-term plans for Syria. But Selo says American officials may have broached the idea of opening a new air base in Kurdish territory.
believes that would serve as an alternative to a joint US-Turkish air base on the other side of the border.
That could appeal to Washington, which has seen ties to Ankara come under growing strain. YPG has also previously said the US operate seven bases in its territory, although the States have neither confirmed or denied.