US intelligence spots Russian helicopters in Syria, - Reuters

The U.S. intelligence has recorded new evidence of Russia's military buildup in the Middle East. In particular, Russian helicopters have been spotted on a Syrian airfield, at least one of them being gunship.

Censor.NET reports with reference to Reuters citing anonymous sources within the U.S. military command in Washington, DC.

One of the officials said four helicopters had been identified, including helicopter gunships, although it was not clear when the Russian helicopters had arrived there.

Reuters has previously reported on U.S. assessments that Russia has sent about 200 naval infantry forces, battle tanks, artillery and other equipment to an airfield near Latakia, a stronghold of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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The Pentagon has said Russia's movement of equipment and personnel suggest preparations to establish an air operations hub in Syria, where a U.S.-led coalition is carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State militants.

Moscow and Washington have said their enemy is Islamic State, whose fighters control part of Syria.

Russia supports Assad's government, while the United States has said Assad's presence is fueling the 4-1/2 year civil war in Syria..Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n352271