No drop in Russian military strength in Syria: US

Russian servicemen prepare a SU-24 fighter jet for a mission, at the Hmeimim military base in Latakia province, northwest Syria on May 4, 2016Russia’s military strength in Syria has barely changed since President Vladimir Putin announced a partial withdrawal from the war-torn country in March, the Pentagon said Wednesday. “Their capabilities are largely the same, or almost identical, frankly,” Baghdad-based military spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said. Putin surprised the West in March when he ordered the “main part” of his forces to pull out of Syria, where Moscow has been conducting a bombing campaign to back up ally President Bashar al-Assad.

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