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Russia to station S-300 missile system near T-4 Airbase in warning signal to Israel

Local | 2018-10-20 15:55:00
Russia to station S-300 missile system near T-4 Airbase in warning signal to Israel
(Zaman Al Wasl)- A well-informed source told Zaman al-Wasl that Russia is planning to station S-300 surface-to-air missile system near the T-4 Airbase in a warning signal to Israel that hit the desert base three times since August.

Heavy Russian engineering equipment machines have begun to establish the military base west of Tiyas airbase, also known as T-4 , since mid-October, according to the source.

Russia seeks to protect its 200 military personnel and its fighter helicopters in the T-4 airbase in the Syrian desert.
 
Russia delivered the S-300 missile system to the Syrian regime early October, saying the move was in defiance of Israeli and U.S. concerns that the arms sale would embolden Iran and escalate the Syrian war.

Russia decided to supply the system after Moscow accused Israel of indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military jet near Syria in September.

Israel voiced regret at the deaths of 15 Russian air crew while saying Syrian incompetence was at fault and that it was compelled to continue taking action against suspected deployments of Iranian-backed forces across its northern border.


The Russian intervention in Syria began in September 2015, after an official request by Bashar al-Assad for military aid against rebel and jihadist groups.


-ANOTHER BASE-


The US-led International Coalition has also set up new military base for French troops in the eastern province of Raqqa, local monitoring group said Friday.

The French forces will be stationed north of the city center as the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have been digging trenches around the base.

The SDF has been the main partner of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State in Syria, helping drive the jihadists out of swathes of northern and eastern Syria last year.

The Assad's regime controls nearly two-thirds of Syria and is determined to reassert its authority over Kurdish-held territory, which forms the lion's share of the rest.

But Kurdish leaders and their supporters are desperate to salvage what they can of their painstakingly built institutions.

Syria's war has left more than 360,000 people dead and displaced millions since it broke out with the brutal repression of an initially peaceful uprising in 2011. 

Zaman Al Wasl
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