Syrian government moves aircraft to Russian base for protection

By Lucas Tomlinson

The Syrian government has moved almost all of its operational aircraft — both jets and helicopters — to a Russian airbase in Syria for protection from another possible round of U.S. airstrikes, Fox News has confirmed.
The movement of the aircraft to the base at Bassel Al-Assad International Airport began soon after the U.S. Navy on April 6 launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at the Shayrat Airbase in Syria.

Nearly two-dozen Syrian jets were destroyed at Shayrat Airbase during the cruise missile strike, launched from the USS Porter and USS Ross, two destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean.

“There is a clear sense of paranoia,” a senior defense official told Fox News about the movement of large numbers of Syrian aircraft after the strike.

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