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Russia Deployed Su-35S Fighter Jet At Qamishli Airport In Northeastern Syria

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Russia Deployed Su-35S Fighter Jet At Qamishli Airport In Northeastern Syria

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The Russian Aerospace Forces had deployed at least one Su-35S fighter jet in al-Qamishli Airport in northeastern Syria, North Press Agency journalist Hoşeng Hesen revealed on October 28.

Hesen shared a photo showing the Russian fighter jet parked inside the airport, which is located right along the border with Turkey.

The fighter jet appeared to be equipped for air combat with four R-77 beyond-visual-range air-to-air missiles, two R-73 short-range air-to-air missiles and the L175M Khibiny-M ECM [electronic countermeasures] system.

Russia Deployed Su-35S Fighter Jet At Qamishli Airport In Northeastern Syria

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While al-Qamishli Airport is held by Syrian government forces, most of the nearby city is controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Following the 2019 Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria, Russia deployed several helicopters, radars and at least one air-defense system in the airport. Russian forces were dispatched to the region back then to monitor a ceasefire between Turkish forces and the SDF.

The airport is considered fairly safe. The Turkish military and its Syrian proxies are present in the town of Ras al-Ain and its surroundings, some 100 kilometers to the west of al-Qamishli. US forces also operate away from the airport.

Over the past two years, several news sources claimed that Russia is planning to establish a base in al-Qamishli Airport similar to that in Hmeimim on the Syrian coast.

The deployment of the Su-35S fighter jet in al-Qamishli may be a Russian message to Turkey, which is reportedly preparing to launch a new operation against the SDF. Kobane, which is located in northeastern Syria, is allegedly one of the main targets of the upcoming operation.

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