Huge Russian military planes land in Syria

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on December 10, 2013 shows two Russian aircrafts carrying 44 tons of humanitarian aid at the al-Basel Airport in LatakiaAt least three Russian military transport planes have landed in Syria in recent days, US officials said Tuesday, as Washington worries about the sort of assistance Moscow is providing to Damascus. The aircraft have landed at the airport in Latakia on Syria’s Mediterranean coast over the past several days, US officials told AFP on condition of anonymity. “All of this seems to be suggesting that Russia is planning to do some sort of forward air-operating hub out of this airfield,” the official said.

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