Russia's military police expand patrol area in northern Syria
Russian military police are expanding the patrol area in northern Syria and the Sirrin air base, recently abandoned by the U.S. military, has become one of control points, Russian military police officer Safar Safarov said.
"Since the Americans’ departure, the entire territory of Manbij and an adjacent area have been in our responsibility zone. Special attention is paid to the forefront…We also face the task of escorting all convoys passing through Manbij at any time of the day," TASS cited Safarov as saying.
A 2-km runway is intact at the air base, thus enabling Russian Aerospace Defense Forces’ helicopters to depart from there for patrol missions in northern Syria. If necessary, an aviation command could be located at the base. A convoy of special equipment arrived from Hmeymim several days ago and pilots have been accommodated in a separate building.