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Russia flying reconnaissance over Syria, no strikes yet: US

A Russian-made Mi-35 Hind attack helicopter hovers over Latakia airport in the government-controlled coastal Syrian city on September 24, 2015Russian military planes have conducted reconnaissance flights over Syria but not yet launched any airstrikes, a US official said Friday. The Pentagon says Russia has in recent weeks built up a forward operating air base in Latakia in northwestern Syria, and sent at least 500 troops along with fighter jets, tanks, artillery and a slew of military hardware to the facility. “We have seen some ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) activity from Russian ISR aircraft,” said Colonel Pat Ryder, the spokesman for the US military’s Central Command, better known as CENTCOM, which is overseeing efforts against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

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