Russian military police officers entered a rear base, abandoned by US servicemen, in the Syrian village of Tal Samin – a strategic district at the intersection of roads connecting the provincial capital Raqqa with Syria’s central and northern regions.
Tal Samin is located 26 km north of Raqqa, the former capital of the Islamic State terrorist organization (outlawed in Russia). Just a few days ago, US troops were still present in the rear base, located in a former school building. According to the Syrian authorities, militants used the region’s important roads to transport weapons and ammunition when the area was under US control.
“By the end of the day, the unit will be stationed and, in a manner of speaking, we will carry out patrols and solve tasks to protect local civilians starting from today,” Russian military officer Arman Mambetov said after the Russian flag was hoisted above the base.