Syria’s Assad visits Russian air base

BEIRUT: Syrian President Bashar al Assad visited a Russian air base at Hmeymim in western Syria on Tuesday, his first visit to the base from which Russian jets have played a crucial role in support of his war effort.
Photos circulated showed the Syrian leader in the cockpit of a Russian Sukhoi SU-35 warplane.
He inspected weapons, personnel and armoured vehicles at the base near Latakia.