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Russia moves rotary from Syrian airbase

23rd December 2016 - 13:35 GMT | by Patrick Maclean in London


The key T4 airbase in Syria, a perceived next target for Daesh in its operations in Syria, could be emptied of Russian aircraft and moved to the more secure and purpose built Shaayrat site.

Fierce firefights have continued this week between regime forces and Islamic State (IS) fighters in central Syria and follows the surprise capture of the city of Palmyra by the militant group on 10 December, while Russia and the Syrian regime were preoccupied with the offensive in Aleppo.

With the base lightly guarded, IS broke through regime defences causing a rout of the Syrian army and allowing

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Patrick Maclean


Patrick Maclean

Patrick Maclean is a London-based writer specialising in global security affairs.

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