Russian and American military began to establish air bases at a distance of about 50 km from each other on the Kurdish militia and the Syrian army the territories of North-East Syria near the border with Turkey and Iraq, according to NEWSru.com with reference to The Times. The issue of Russian military activity in Northern Syria reported the us channel Fox, and the British edition was able to confirm the increased presence of Americans.
Sources in American intelligence confirmed to the publication that the Russian military are expanding their presence in the abandoned international airport of the town of al-Qamishli near the Turkish border. Abandoned airport is controlled by Syrian government forces. According to sources, the Russians examine the area for placement of their forces and create a fortified area, reports «Interfax». The main advantage of an airport with a runway length of 3.6 km, that allow not only to land fighters and bombers, and heavy transport aircraft.
Intelligence officials have noted that Russian experts have selected sites for the deployment of defensive systems to protect against possible actions of the Turkish army on the Syrian border, including attacks against the militia of the Syrian Kurds.
Times reported that on the eve of Turkish President Recep Erdogan expressed on Friday, January 22, concern about reports that about 200 Russian troops have begun work to strengthen the runway at the airport of the town of al-Qamishli. Erdogan said that Turkey «will not tolerate (Russian) formation along the territory stretching from the border with Iraq to the Mediterranean sea».
The Syrian Local Coordination Committees organization recently reported that the number of Russian military personnel stationed in the airport of al-Qamishli, is 100, and Russian officials have discussed with officials and leaders of the Kurdish militia the idea to put a force in the same city. Previously on the construction of Russian military aviation base in the port of Latakia told Reuters news Agency, government sources in the United States. According to some reports, Russia plans to deploy a MiG-31 and su-25.
According to media reports, the U.S. base will be located in the neighbouring province of Hasaka near the town Ramalan (Ramalan) a few kilometers from the border of Syria with Turkey and Iraq. Research company Stratfor, dealing with issues of global security, confirmed the increased U.S. military activity in the area due to satellites. By calculations of experts, the runway of the local airfield has already almost doubled — from 700 to 1315 meters. This will allow to land there medium military transport aircraft.
Pentagon spokesman confirmed to The Times that a small detachment of U.S. special forces is indeed in Syria, and it is necessary to provide «logistical support» to the ongoing operations.
An activist from Hasaki Yaman reported American channel, based in Hasaka city near Ramalan recently landed two aircraft with cargo light ammunition. On the eve of the American General Dunford declined to comment on Fox activity us military: «of Course, I’m not going to talk about what makes our special forces».
Russian VKS began bombing Syria in late September, for departures using a military base «Hamim».
Earlier it was reported that the location for the Russian military base in Syria became a province of Latakia. At the end of November 2015 at the airbase Hamim in the province of Latakia, Russia has deployed in Syria with the latest anti-aircraft missile system s-400.
Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai, citing its own sources in the joint Russian-Syrian-Iraqi-Iranian headquarters in Damascus informed that Russia plans to deploy to the airfield Sirat located at the distance of 35 km South-East of the city of HOMS, a new unit and military unit cover and logistical support. Thus, the number of Russian air group in Syria could rise to 100 aircraft. In addition, the district will deploy forces cover and secure the base.
Russia and the United States create a new airbase in Northern Syria 23.01.2016