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Russia steps up military presence in Syria, despite Putin promise


Despite Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent order to reduce Moscow's military forces in Syria, two U.S. officials tell Fox News the opposite is taking place.

 

The officials said that Russia had deployed four additional attack aircraft to its coastal airbase in Syria earlier this week. One official said the jets had stopped in Iran to refuel before continuing on to Syria.

 

“The Russians say they are pulling out, but we have seen no evidence to support that. On the contrary, we have seen new things coming in,” said one official.

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