Russia establishes second military base in Syria

Russia is preparing a second military base in Syria to support troops advancing on the historic city of Palmyra.

An Assad-regime military airport at Shaayrat in central Syria will serve as Moscow’s new base for its warplanes, a military source said on Dec. 3.

“The preparation phase for the Shaayrat base is nearing its end. It is being prepared to become a Russian military base,” the military source who declined to be named told AFP.

“A number of Russian advisers arrived in Shaayrat weeks ago,” the source said. The base “will begin being used by Russian forces before the end of this month.”

According to Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Russia was “building new runways at the Shaayrat airport and reinforcing its surroundings in order to use it soon for operations” in Homs province.

Full article: Russia establishes second military base in Syria (World Tribune)

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