BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – Video confirmation (below) has emerged showing the presence of Syrian Army Republican Guard and Russian military units inside the strategic town of Tall Riffat in northern Aleppo province.
The footage appears amid tensions between Moscow and Ankara over the fate of Tal Riffat. Erdogan and high-ranking rebel commanders have repeatedly threatened to employ the full might of the Turkish-led coalition in northern Syria to take the town by force.
According to sources, Kurdish fighters and other US-backed militias (such as Jaysh al-Thuwar) withdrew from Tal Riffat about two weeks ago, handing over full control to Syrian and Russian security forces – this information however is not yet fully confirmed.
The video serves to prove that in addition to Russian soldiers, proper units of the Syrian Army – not just pro-government paramilitary groups – are present inside the highly-contested town.