Activists: Russia installing second Syria air base

Russian troops are expanding a military base in central Syria, adding fortifications and developing its runways in a sign they intend to use it as their second air base in the country, Syrian activists say.

Shaayrat air base is about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of the city of Homs, and could signal Moscow’s intention to step up airstrikes in the central region where Islamic State is active.

US military spokesman Steve Warren told reporters yesterday that the Russians have expanded out from the main base in Latakia and now have “facilities in about four, maybe five different spots in and around the Latakia area.”

— AP

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