Russia sends new military reinforcements to establish military base east of al-Raqqa
Al-Raqqa - SMART
On Friday, Russian military reinforcement arrived in the city of Madan, 60 kilometers southeast of the city of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria.
Military sources reported to SMART that eight trucks, carrying communication devices, logistic equipment, and prefabricated booths, in addition to vehicles carrying Russian military police members entered Madan arriving from the city of Maskanah, eat of Aleppo, on the Aleppo-al-Raqqa highway. The arrival of the Russian reinforcements was covered by Russian helicopters.
The sources added that the Russian forces aim to establish a new military base with a helipad south of Madan.
Earlier, Russia deployed forces in several Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)-controlled areas in the al-Hasakah and al-Raqqa governorates, as it established bases and transformed SDF bases into headquarters after the SDF withdrew from the area in accordance with the Russian-Turkish agreement.
The SDF are mainly comprised of the Kurdish People's Protection Units in addition to Arab, Turkmen, and Assyrian/Syriac military factions. The SDF is supported by the United States-backed International Coalition against the Islamic State and fought them in al-Raqqa, Deir al-Zor, Aleppo, and al-Hasakah in Northeastern Syria.
On Oct. 22, 2019, Russia and Turkey signed an agreement that including withdrawing the SDF from the safe-zone in Northeastern Syria and deploying Russian-Turkish patrols in the area. After the agreement, Turkey announced ending the military operation that was launched against the SDF on Oct. 9, 2019.