CEYLANPINAR, Turkey — Russia said on Tuesday that its military units were patrolling territory in northern Syria between Syrian and Turkish forces after the American withdrawal from the area, underscoring the sudden loss of United States influence in the area and illustrating how the power balance in the region has shifted rapidly in the past week.

The announcement that Russian forces were now patrolling an area where the United States had until Monday maintained two military bases appeared to signal that Moscow was moving to fill a security void left by the withdrawal of both the American military and its partners in an international counterterrorism mission.

Videos circulating on social media appeared to show a Russian-speaking man filming himself walking around a recently evacuated United States military base in northern Syria.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that its military police, which had already established a presence in other parts of Syria, were patrolling “the northwestern borders of Manbij district along the line of contact of the Syrian Arab Republic military and the Turkish military.”


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  1. There’s anunnaki in N. Syria, President Putin can tell. THE VICTIMS WERE DRAINED OF BLOOD! Twisted Truth channel. anunnaki/aliens=demons!!!!! “Do not be deceived”, JESUS CHRIST said of the end of days!

  2. Everything that Putin and the Russian Ministry of Defense is doing is right. Whoever says anything. And Putin’s trip to the Middle East is a political and economic consolidation of the results. A holy place does not happen empty (this is about the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, where they are not welcome).