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Large Convoy Of Russian Military Supplies Entered Syria’s Al-Qamishli Airport

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Large Convoy Of Russian Military Supplies Entered Syria's Al-Qamishli Airport

Specialists and military equipment of the Russian Armed Forces’ International Mine Action Center prepared to be sent to the Syrian city of Palmyra from the Hmeimim airbase, April 2, 2016. Sergei Bobylev/TASS

On September 19, Russian forces deployed more reinforcements in al-Qamishli Airport in the northeastern region of Syria.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a Russian convoy carrying supplies, weapons and equipment arrived in the airport, which is controlled by Syrian government forces.

“The SOHR monitored a Russian convoy consisting of dozens of trucks loaded with ammunition, weapons, and logistical equipment coming from the M4 international road and heading towards al-Qamishli Airport,” the monitoring group said in its report.

The Russian Military Police maintains a post inside the airport, where an air-defense system and several helicopters are deployed.

On September 10, 50 trucks loaded with supplies entered al-Qamishli airport. On September 13, another supply convoy, carrying pre-building cabins and logistics, arrived.

Last year, several sources claimed that Russia was planning to establish a base in al-Qamishli Airport, similar to that in Hmeimim on the Syrian coast. The recent wave of reinforcements indicates that Russian forces are indeed preparing to expand their presence in the airport.

The growing Russian military presence in northeastern Syria is provoking the U.S. The U.S.-led coalition is now reinforcing its forces in the region. In its most recent step, the coalition deployed more troops along with infantry fighting vehicles there.

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