A new satellite image of the airfield near the town of El Kamyshly in the north-east of Syria has appeared in the Network. Now, there is no doubt that the Russians are creating a “double” of the Khmeimim airbase, right under the nose of the American military.
In addition to the Mi-8, Mi-24, and Mi-35 attack and transport helicopters already seen earlier, the image shows a heavy IL-76 transport aircraft. It should be noted that the military transport aircraft have not yet been detected at the El Kamyshly airfield. Its arrival, perhaps not the first or the last, indicates that the capabilities of the Russian group of troops in the area have been increased.
In November 2019, the U.S. military left the airbase. That happened after Turkey began creating a 30-kilometer zone in northern Syria, adjacent to its border. The Russians, however, did not give up al-Kamyshly to the Turks. At the same time, the airbase occupied by Russians allows controlling the whole north-east of the country. This region is in the Pentagon’s area of interest, and there are regular clashes with the U.S. military.
In addition, according to the Telegram channel “Hunter’s Notes” Moscow continues to use Turkish airspace, increasing cargo traffic on the route Russia-Syria. On the night of September 9, 2020, two aircraft of the Russian Air Force arrived in Latakia. From the Chkalovsky airfield (Moscow region) to the Khmeimim airbase, the Il-76 (RF-76702) flight was performed, which allegedly delivered 31 passengers and 11.5 tons of cargo. A rare guest of An-22 “Antey” (RF-09341) flew there from Mozdok airfield and it is unknown what he brought.