Russia Takes Over Syria Base Left by U.S. Forces

Forces enter strategic point near former ISIS capital days after American troops leave

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Russian forces patrol in the city of Amuda, north Syria, October 24, 2019.
Russian forces patrol in the city of Amuda, north Syria, October 24, 2019.Credit: Baderkhan Ahmad/AP
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Russian military police have taken control of a base near the Syrian city of Raqqa that was controlled by U.S. forces until a few days ago, the TASS news agency reported on Thursday.

forces entered the nearby city of , the former de facto capital of the caliphate, earlier this month as Moscow rushed to fill a vacuum created by 's .

The base, a former school in the village of Tal Samin, is in a strategic area at a crossroads that links the city of Raqqa with central and its northern regions, the state news agency said.

It cited Arman Mambetov, a Russian military policeman, as saying that he and colleagues would begin patrolling the surrounding area from Thursday.

Russian forces in Tal Samin, December 26, 2019.Credit: Zvezda TV

The Russian Defense Ministry's Zvezda TV channel showed two Russian military policemen running up the Russian flag at the base and a column of Russian military police vehicles entering.

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