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Russian military reinforcements arrive at al-Tabqah airbase, Northeastern Syria

Editing: Malek Al Haddad Radwan Al-Homsi |
Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2020/06/25 10:36

Al-Raqqa - SMART

On Thursday, Russian military reinforcements from Syrian government-controlled areas arrived at the al-Tabqah airbase in Northeastern Syria, while the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were on security alert.

Private military sources reported to SMART that 15 Russian military vehicles, including military police and trucks loaded with logistical support, arrived at the al-Tabqah airbase (45 kilometers west of al-Raqqa), in coincidence with Russian helicopters flying over the area.

The sources added that the reinforcements came from Syrian government-controlled areas through the Shuaib crossing (west of al-Tabqah), in coincidence with SDF's security alert to secure the Russian reinforcements from any explosions. The sources noted that United States reinforcements also arived at the Omari oil field and their base east of Deir a-Zor, adding that on June 24, 2020, the last group arrived, following several groups between June 6 and 21, 2020.

On June 12, 2020, Russian military reinforcements arrived in the village of al-Kantari, 82 kilometers north of al-Raqqa, Northern Syria, coming from the al-Qamishli airport in the al-Hasakah governorate.

On April 27, 2020, the International Coalition against the Islamic State (IS) sent new reinforcements to its military base in the Conoco gas field of the Khasham area, 14 kilometers northeast of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria.

On Aug. 7, 2019, the Turkish Ministry of Defense announced that it agreed with the US to set up a joint operations center to manage and coordinate the safe zone in Northeastern Syria, after the US forces withdrew from most of their military bases in al-Raqqa and eastern Aleppo. On Oct. 23, 2019, Russia and Turkey reached an agreement on the withdrawal of the SDF from the safe zone east of the Euphrates River, Northeastern Syria.