On Sunday morning, a large Russian ship arrived at the Syrian port-city of Tartous, delivering a half dozen T-90 Tanks and a large supply of armor to the Russian Marines deployed around Syria’s western countryside.
The Russian Marines deployed to Syria were given the task of training and advising the latest recruits from the civilian-led “National Defense Forces” (NDF) in the Syrian provinces of Tartous, Latakia, and Homs; this is coalesced with the recent arrival of the Russian Air Force’s aerial assets.
There has been much speculation regarding the Russian Armed Forces’ recent build-up inside Syria; however, a senior officer from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) that is working directly with the Russian Marines has asserted that they have not participated in any battles.
Furthermore, the SAA officer added that despite their absence from the battlefield, the Russian Marines have observed the recent clashes between the Syrian Armed Forces and Islamist rebels in the Al-Ghaab Plains from the east Latakia city of Slunfeh (located in Jabal Al-Akrad).
The Russian Marines have been restricted from corresponding with the media and most of the areas they operate in do not allow for any journalists to observe; this is closely monitored by local Syrian security forces.