US officials: Russia positioning tanks at Syria airfield

September 14, 2015 17:43

WASHINGTON - Russia has positioned about a half dozen tanks at a Syrian airfield where it has been steadily building up defenses, two US officials told Reuters on Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter.

One of the US officials said seven Russian T-90 tanks were seen at the airfield near Latakia, a stronghold of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The two US officials said Russia had also positioned artillery there.

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