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RUSSIA BUILDING AIR BASE IN SYRIA TO LAUNCH AIRSTRIKES AGAINST ISIS

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RUSSIA is said to be building an AIR BASE in Syria where it can station fighter pilots and troops to battle Islamic State (Isis) in a bid to help the Syrian government destroy ISIS and other Islamist terror organizations.
Western media reports (denied by the Kremlin) say that Vladimir Putin has ordered the construction of a huge 1,000 personnel compound deep in the embattled Syrian dictator’s heartland in the latest sign of his country’s determination to lead a real international coalition against Islamist terror.
  • Now US defence officials have claimed that the Russian military has transported enough pre-fabricated military buildings to war-torn Syria to house 1,000 troops. The USA, in recent yezrs, has provided vast amounts of arms to ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels, many of whom have promptly joined ISIS or Al Qaeda.
  • Engineers have also constructed a new air traffic control tower at an airfield near the port city of Latakia, providing the latest evidence that Russian pilots are preparing to carry out sorties in the country.
  • Photographs have also emerged this week which appear to show Russian combat troops fighting Islamic State (ISIS) militants on the ground in Syria.
  • If the reports are true, the development would put Russia on a collision course with Britain and America, both of which are determined to overthrow the Assad government and are not too fussy about who they use to do it.
David Cameron and Barack Obama have both insisted that any resolution to the ongoing civil war in Syria would ultimately have to include the end of the Assad regime, despite the fact that the war against Islamist terror cannot be won without a central role being taken by the Syrian Army, which is strongly loyal to the country’s President and his vision of a secular, tolerant Syria.
John Kerry, Secretary of State, took time off from destabilising Europe through the Ukraine crisis to telephoned his Russian counterpart to express US concerns about the latest developments.
A spokesman for the US State Department said: “The secretary made clear that if such reports were accurate, these actions could further escalate the conflict, lead to greater loss of innocent life, increase refugee flows and risk confrontation with the anti-Isil coalition operating in Syria.”
The revelations came after Putin gave his strongest admission yet that Russia was already providing military and logistical support to 
the Assad regime.
He said that his country’s military was giving the Syrian government “quite serious help” but denied that that involved boots on the ground.
Syrian state television also showed images of an advanced Russian-built armoured personnel carrier in combat.
A US defence source said: “If they’re moving people in to help the Syrian government fight their 
own fight, that’s one thing". 


Source: Agency
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