December 3, 2015 | Quote

Report: Russia Is Building A Second Military Airbase In Syria

Russia is planning on expanding an Assad regime air base in central Syria into a second base of operations for Moscow's air assets in the war-torn country, various sources report.

The new base will be located southeast of Homs at the current Syrian military base of Shaayrat, AFP reports citing an unnamed military official and a Syrian monitoring group.

Russia is reportedly expanding the regime base into a location from which it can launch air strikes and house military helicopters.


“If reports are true, that Russia has helicopters deployed at Shaaryat already and preparations are being made for the arrival of fixed wing aircraft, it would give Russia more flexibility in their air operations and maintenance of aircraft,” Boris Zilberman, a Russia expert and researcher at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, told BI by email.

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