Syrian Democratic Forces set fire to and evacuated a base at the Lafarge cement factory, between Kobani and Ain Issa, on October 15, Col Myles B Caggins III, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, was quoted as saying.
Col Caggins said that the action was taken as “Turkish-backed militias” advanced towards the factory, and though the base had been the de-facto headquarters of the coalition to defeat Islamic State, “no US forces or equipment were ever in jeopardy and remain within separate, secure facilities”.
The area around the base had been used by displaced civilians seeking protection, video posted to YouTube on October 12 showed.
Video presented here shows a long line of military vehicles lined up on a road near the factory, as black smoke billows out from the compound. Credit: ANHA via Storyful