FAST FIVE: Watch: Russian Commandos Take Over Sprawling Base In Syria Moments After US Abandoned It

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Watch: Russian Commandos Take Over Sprawling Base In Syria Moments After US Abandoned It Even as American forces are controversially “securing” select oil fields in the Deir Ezzor region of eastern Syria, they are simultaneously continuing withdrawal from northern Syria near border areas in keeping with Trump's prior ordered draw down amid the Turkish military operation against Kurdish militias.

On Thursday the Russian MoD also said it had established a helicopter base at Qamishli after Americans retreated from the area, amid joint Turkish-Russian patrols based on high level talks between Putin and Erdogan.  And already there are reports that Russia has deployed its Pantsir air defense system to the Qamishli Airport in order to “protect transport helicopters deployed to northern Syria from the Khmeimim base,” a Russian broadcaster which first broke the news stated.

Via Russian MoD footage: Russian Military Police secure  All of these events have heightened continued uncertainty and confusion on the ground over whether the US is ultimately withdrawing from Syria or increasing its presence.  Scenes of the Russians scooping up American forward operating bases has angered hawks in Washington.

“They left in a hurry”, #Russia broadcaster Zvezda showed Mi-35M helicopters arriving at the airfield & officers from the Russian Military Police arriving at the abandoned military base, Sirrin in #Syria , one of the biggest US military outposts in the war-torn country. – Saad (@SaadAbedine) November 15, 2019 “On the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, they are doing everything possible to create the structure for a quasi-state, and are asking the Gulf States for major investments in order to create a local administration on the basis of the Syrian Democratic Forces, the Kurds – the YPG People's Protection Units and others, with the clear intention of breaking this piece of territory off from Syria, and controlling the oil fields located there,” Lavrov said.

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