Putin announces Russian troop withdrawal from Syria during visit

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December 12, 2017

russia-putin-syriaRussia has begun withdrawing some of its troops from Syria, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday.

President Vladimir Putin ordered the partial withdrawal during an unannounced visit to Syria on Monday.

Russian support has been crucial in turning the tide of Syria’s civil war in favour of government forces, led by president Bashar al-Assad.

Mr Putin made a similar withdrawal announcement last year, but Russian military operations continued.

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