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Russia seems set to establish new military base in northeast Syria

Russia has been fortifying its military presence in Qamishli and appears to be constructing a military base there, its third in Syria.
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MOSCOW — Russia may be eyeing a long-term lease for an airfield in the Syrian city of Qamishli, raising speculation that it's planning a third military base in the country.

First reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the potential development suggests Russian forces have established a headquarters near the Qamishli airport in northeastern Syria near the Turkish border as part of ongoing efforts to convert it to a permanent air base. Asked to comment on the news, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was concise, saying he doesn’t "know who is spreading this [rumor].”

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