Arab News Source Reports China Sent Warship to Syria
Says Chinese troops and military aircraft will arrive within six weeks
Al-Masdar Al-‘Arabi, The Arab Source, claims a Chinese naval vessel passed through the Suez Canal on Tuesday and is headed to Syria to assist the Russians fight the Islamic State and US and Gulf Emirate proxies trying to overthrow the al-Assad government.
The website cites an senior officer in the Syrian Army stationed at Latakia who claims Chinese troops and military aircraft will arrive at the port city of Tartus within six weeks.
Russia’s only Mediterranean naval facility is located at Tartus, the second largest Syrian city.
According the US officials, Russia recently sent 28 fighter aircraft to an airbase outside of Latakia and is now conducting unmanned surveillance flights in Syria.
Additionally, news reports indicate Russian aircrafted is now targeting Islamic State positions in Deir Ezzor and Raqqa, said to be the de facto capital of ISIS in Syria.
The US officials added the Russians plan to send 2,000 troops to the airbase.
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