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Syria

In Qamishli, Russians may be looking to build a second air base

By Rudaw 21/1/2016
Russian air force personnel stand near a Russian war plane at Hemeimeem airbase, Syria. AP File Photo.
Russian air force personnel stand near a Russian war plane at Hemeimeem airbase, Syria. AP File Photo.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Russian engineers and soldiers have been spotted at the Qamishli airport in northern Syria, where a monitoring group says they are preparing facilities to possibly receive Russian cargo and fighter jets. 

Qamishli is a Kurdish city in Syria that is smack on the border with Turkey.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) claims the Russian personnel are upgrading facilities at Qamishli airport in case Moscow needs another air base in Syria, which would boost Russia´s operational capability in Syria.

It remains unclear whether the airport is to be used as an auxiliary base, or a full-fledged facility, such as the Latakia air base that the Russians have been using since the start of their deployment four months ago.

According to the Turkish state-run Anadolu Agency, the Russian soldiers will be deployed in areas in the northeast where the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad retains control. 

Most of that area is now controlled by the Syrian Kurds. However, the regime has some small pockets of territory in control, such as a portion of the city of Hasakah. 

While they have clashed, the Syrian regime and the Syrian Kurds have not waged war against each other.

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Glen England | 21/1/2016
Qamishli is an Assyrian city, you lying thieves. Always was always will be. The Christian west is waking up to your abuses against the indigenous Assyrians -- in both Syria and Iraq. Isaiah 19: 21-25
Gharib Hassan
Gharib Hassan | 21/1/2016
Turkey is going to be = Butthurt
azad | 21/1/2016
PKK should have kicked Assad and his arab forces out a long time ago instead of working with the family that renamed Kobane to Ayn-al-arab and forced hundreds of thousands of kurds out of their homes and territory. Stay away from Assad. Stay away from Iran. Stay away from Russia. Never trust the oppressors.
FAUthman | 21/1/2016
This is a major development, if true with geo political implication for the region and directly for the Kurds!
FAUthman | 21/1/2016
Furthermore this may interest you, reported by "Peter Clifford On Line" on Jan 18: "A secret meeting is reported from Qamishli in the north of Hasakah province over the weekend between representatives of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is battling the Turks in southern Turkey and based in northern Iraq, and the YPG who control most of Qamishli city and Assad’s Interior Minister, Mohammed Al-Shaar."

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