TEHRAN (defapress) – Russian military police have taken control of a base near the Syrian city of Raqqa that was controlled by US forces until a few days ago, a report said.
News ID: 79694
Publish Date: 27December 2019 - 11:20
Russian forces entered the nearby city of Raqqa earlier this month as Moscow rushed to fill a vacuum created by US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull troops from northern Syria.
The base, a former school in the village of Tal Samin, is in a strategic area at a crossroads that links the city of Raqqa with central Syria and its northern regions, the Tass news agency said on Thursday.
It cited Arman Mambetov, a Russian military policeman, as saying that he and colleagues would begin patrolling the surrounding area from Thursday.
The Russian Defense Ministry’s Zvezda TV channel showed two Russian military policemen running up the Russian flag at the base and a column of Russian military police vehicles entering.