Russia lands forces at former U.S. air base in northern Syria

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MOSCOW (Information) – Russia landed assault helicopters and troops at a sprawling air base in northern Syria vacated by U.S. forces, the Russian Defence Ministry’s Zvezda TV channel stated on Friday.

Armed Russian navy police had been proven in footage aired on Zvezda flying into the Syrian air base in northern Aleppo province close to the border with Turkey and fanning out to safe the world.

The transfer comes after U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly ordered the withdrawal of U.S. troops from elements of Syria final month.

The ability will probably be used as a middle to distribute humanitarian help for native residents and the navy aerodrome is now managed by Syrian authorities forces allied with Moscow, Zvezda stated.

On Thursday, Zvezda stated Russia had arrange a helicopter base at an airport within the northeastern Syrian metropolis of Qamishli, a transfer designed to extend Moscow’s management over occasions on the bottom there.

Russia and Turkey are finishing up joint patrols alongside Syria’s border with Turkey as a part of a deal struck between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan.

“We entered the bottom and took the inside and exterior perimeter underneath management,” a senior Russian navy police inspector was quoted by Zvezda as saying.

“Now sappers are wanting and going by way of each constructing to ensure there aren’t some sort of explosive substances left behind or some sort of surprises right here for us,” he stated.

Zvezda aired footage of U.S. tools akin to medical provides to deal with sunburn that had been left behind in addition to a fitness center and sleeping services.

Russia has two everlasting navy services in Syria, an air base in Latakia province used for air strikes in opposition to forces opposing President Bashar al-Assad, and a naval facility at Tartus on the Mediterranean.

Reporting by Tom Balmforth and Maria Kiselyova; enhancing by Andrew Osborn and Philippa Fletcher