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Russian Forces Deployed Large Reinforcements In Syria’s Al-Qamishli Airport

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Russian Forces Deployed Large Reinforcements In Syria’s Al-Qamishli Airport

A Russian soldier gestures during a patrol near the Syrian and Turkish border in north Syria on Friday. Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)

On September 10, Russian forces deployed reinforcements in al-Qamishli Airport in northeastern Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

The city of al-Qamishli that is located right on the border with Turkey is jointly controlled by Syrian government forces and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

“Russian forces brought, through the M4 International Highway, 50 trucks loaded with armored vehicles, weapons, ammunition and logistical materials to Qamishli Airport,” the SOHR said in a report.

Two days ago, the London-based monitoring group reported that Russia had deployed equipment, weapons and logistics by air in al-Qamishli Airport.

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. However, Russian military presence in the airport remained limited to a few helicopters and an air-defense system.

The recently deployed reinforcements in al-Qamishli Airport are meant to support the operations of the Russian Military Police in northeastern Syria. Moscow is working to strengthen its influence in the region in cooperation with Damascus and the SDF.

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