Thursday, October 15

Syria Fighting : Iran 'deploys troops' to help Syrian army offensive

roups of Iranian troops have been arriving in Syria via an airport in Latakia province, activists and a monitoring group say, as the Syrian army launches a major offensive north of the strategic city of Homs.

More Iranian troops have arrived in Bassel al-Assad International Airport, near Jableh in Latakia province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday.
The Syrian government halted all flights in and out of the airport on Tuesday and the airport is currently being used by Russia and Iran as an airbase, the UK-based activists' network said.
Al Jazeera could not independently verify the reports of the Iranian deployment.
The airport has recently become a hub for Iranian and Russian forces, where activists confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that thousands of Iranian troops have arrived in the past few weeks in that airport.
Russian fighter jets also reportedly use the Bassel al-Assad International Airport, and, following a near miss in Syrian airspace, the US and Russia have held talks on flight safety.

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