Reference News Network reported on December 31. According to the Russian satellite network reported on December 26, the Russian troops stationed in Syria were stationed in a stronghold left after the withdrawal of the U.S. forces on December 26. A strategic location for urban transportation in the northern, central, and Euphrates plains.
Video footage released by Russian media showed that after the Russian army arrived at the stronghold by armored vehicles, commandos carried weapons to search and clean up the stronghold building, and raised the Russian flag on the roof. During the entire takeover operation, several armored vehicles of the Russian army were vigilant nearby, such as near enemy.
It is reported that before the Russian military police stationed, the Russian engineering forces had carried out detonation operations on the entire stronghold to clear hidden explosives.
The Russian media said that the stronghold, called "Tal Samin", was only 26 kilometers away from Laka, a major town along the Euphrates River. The stronghold was previously a school and was under US military control a few days ago. The Syrian government has repeatedly accused that during the US occupation of this stronghold, anti-government militants frequently carried weapons and ammunition via nearby roads.
Turkish President Erdogan announced on October 9 that he would launch a military operation codenamed "Fountain of Peace" in northern Syria. Subsequently, US Defense Secretary Esper announced on October 13 that Trump has ordered the withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria, involving about 1,000 people. According to Russian media reports, the military bases left after the withdrawal of the U.S. military were mostly taken over by other armed forces (including the Russian army in Syria), except for the partial destruction.
The Russian army held a flag raising ceremony at a military stronghold. (Video screenshot)