BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:50 A.M.) – Units from the Syrian and Russian marines held joint military drills at the Russian naval base in the Syrian port-city of Tartous on Tuesday.

Russian and Syrian officers observed a large number of their marines training with light weapons used for infantry storming purposes, the Tartous News Network reported yesterday.

The military drills involved hundreds of marines from both the Syrian and Russian forces, yesterday, marking the first time this year that both entities used the naval base for training exercises.

Last year, the Russian military began the process of expanding this naval installation in Tartous from a repair facility to a maritime base capable of docking large ships.

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