On January 15, a large Russian convoy arrived in the northeastern Syria city of Qamishli near the border with Turkey, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
“The convoy departed from the area of Manbij to Ain Issa, and from there to Derbasiyah, on the way to Qamishli,” the SOHR said in a report.
The London-based monitoring group released several photos of the convoy, which consisted of 42 vehicles and trucks carrying troops, weapons and equipment.
Furthermore, a video showing a part of the Russian convoy arriving in Qamishli was share by the North Press Agency (NPA).
Last year, Russia deployed helicopters and air-defense systems in the Qamishli Airport. The Syrian military kept the airport under its control throughout the war, maintain a strategic foothold in Syria’s northeastern region.
Observers claimed that Russian troops will establish a new base around Qamishli. However, the troops will most likely help to reinforce the Russian base within the Qamishli airport.