The Russians have reportedly reinforced positions around Bashar al-Assad’s stronghold of Latakia in western Syria with at least seven T90 tanks and artillery at the town’s airfield.
The United States believes Russia intends to establish what it calls a “forward operating air base” there.
Russia has had a few hundred soldiers stationed there for some time, but in the last week two flights a day have been flying in supplies and personnel.
However Moscow denies it is deploying ground forces.
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