Official! : Russia Moved Fighter Jets to #Syria to Fight #ISIS?


Russia has moved its first fighter jets to a growing base in Syria, defense officials said Friday, according to The Wall Street Journal, raising new concerns Moscow is preparing to play a direct role in helping embattled President Bashar Al-Assad against Islamic State (ISIS) militants.Defense officials said at least four tactical fighter jets had arrived at the rapidly expanding airfield on the Syrian coast south of Latakia.

Over the past two weeks, defense officials added, Russia has dramatically stepped up development of the airfield by sending in housing for up to 2,000 people, attack helicopters, choppers to transport troops around the country, and artillery. The arrival of the jet fighters is the most concerning development for the U.S., which regularly flies surveillance flights and airstrikes against ISIS forces in Syria. Defense officials said they weren’t certain how Russia planned to use the jets, but noted that the Soviet planes are designed for air-to-air combat.

Source: Officials: Russia Moving Fighter Jets to Syria – Middle East – News – Arutz Sheva