Russian forces entered the Sarrin base in eastern Aleppo, that was abandoned by U.S. forces on November 14 morning.
The Hawar News Agency (ANHA) reported that at least five Russian armored vehicles entered the base once the last batch of U.S. forces withdrew from there.
The North Press Agency (NPA) also released a short video showing a Russian Mi-35 helicopter flying over the Sarrin base following the withdrawal of U.S. forces. However, the agency deleted the video later for unknown reasons.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) contradicted previous reports, claiming that U.S. forces are still in the base. The UK-based monitoring group reported that U.S. armored vehicles were spotted in Sarrin.
The Sarrin base, which hosted dozens of U.S. service members, was one of the biggest U.S. bases in eastern Aleppo. The base’s long airstrip was used to supply coalition forces deployed in Aleppo and Raqqa.
Reports on the Russian deployment in the former U.S. base are unconfirmed, but not unusual. During the last month, Russian forces established several posts at former U.S. military garrisons across northeast Syria, including Manbij and Ain Issa.