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Published in Press Stream:
September 22, 2015

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Published in Stream:
September 22, 2015
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Russia May Be Building Two New Bases In Latakia, Syria
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Voice of America's Jeff Seldin reports:
The Istamo military base (map) is a military installation southeast of Latakia, between the city and Jablah, north of the Bassel al-Assad International Airport and the Humaymim Naval Airbase where the Russian military airbase is located (map). The Al-Sanobar (As Sanawbar) installation is near an air-defense outpost, between the Istamo weapons storage site and the coast (map). The Russian naval facility in Tartus is located approximately 63 kilometers south of Humaymim (map).

Wall Street Journal reports:

The images from mid-September show development of a weapons depot and military facility north of Latakia, suggesting that Russia is preparing to place troops in both places, according to Robert Munks, editor of IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review.

The images, which Jane’s acquired from a commercial satellite division of Airbus Group, show construction of new buildings, the presence of new tents typically used by Russian military units and significant development of the grounds, Mr. Munks said.

Before the conflict in Syria started in 2011, Russia had two bases in Syria, a relatively small navy outpost in Tartus and an air base in Latakia. While previous evidence has suggested that those bases are being expanded and their capabilities deepened, the creation of new bases in northwest Syria suggests that Russia either is concerned that these bases could fall, or is planning on launching larger operations than either of their existing facilities can support.

-- James Miller