- CNN reaches an airstrip that's being extended to aid U.S. military operations in Syria
- It's in a region where Kurds are having some success in driving back ISIS
- Nearby, young soldiers request and assess airstrikes
Northern Syria (CNN)The rutted road stretches into the distance across the plains of Hasakah. Herdsmen watch over their few dozen sheep. A scattering of oil pumps nod lazily as they extract a few dollars of crude from deep below. Above, the contrails left by coalition warplanes drift across the blue sky in hazy circles.