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The Russian Military Police take a base near Raqqa after the withdrawal of US troops.

December 26, 2019


The Russian Military Police took control Thursday of a base located around the Syrian city of Raqqa (north), just a few days after US troops withdrew from the site.

The base, located in the town of Tal Samin – 26 kilometers north of Raqqa – will now host Russian forces, which will conduct patrols in the area.

“At the end of the day the unit will be stationed and we will carry out patrols and tasks to protect civilians as of today,” said Russian officer Arman Mambetov, as reported by the Russian news agency TASS.

The forces of Russia entered on January 9 for the first time in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the former 'capital' of the caliphate proclaimed by jihadist group Islamic State, in a new sample of the advance of Moscow in the area after the withdrawal of US troops .

The city was taken about two years ago after an offensive led by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDS), led by the Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG), in a campaign that had air coverage of the US-led coalition .

In November, Russia established a base for helicopters in northeastern Syria and deployed troops at a base in the region after its departure from US forces by order of the president of the US country, Donald Trump.

Moscow also conducts joint patrols with Turkey in the northern part of Syria as part of an agreement reached between the two countries to end the Tuca military offensive against the YPG.