US officials say Russia positioning tanks at Syria airfield

September 14, 2015 5:16 PM

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US officials say Russia positioning tanks at Syria airfield

Syrian ambassador to Moscow denies reports of Russian troop presence on the ground in Syria; Pentagon: Russia's latest movements suggest plans to establish forward air operating base.

WASHINGTON - Russia has positioned about a half dozen tanks at a Syrian airfield at the center of a military buildup, two US officials said on Tuesday, adding the intentions of Moscow's latest deployment of heavy military equipment to Syria was unclear.

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