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There are no Russian ground troops or special forces in Syria

Summary of Disinformation

News about the participation of Russian special and ground forces in the battles of Idlib is again false news. There are no Russian ground troops in Syria.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative that Russian ground troops are not active in Syria. There is a wide spectrum of sources disproving this claim. 

In 2016, Russian military intervention helped President Assad's forces regain control of territory in Syria. As a result, Moscow built up substantial ground forces throughout Syria. Estimates place around 4,000 troops on the ground including private military companies such as ENOT Corp, “Wagner” and Morgan Security Group PMC. Subsequently, Russia established a permanent military presence at naval and air bases in Syria. Last year, President Putin said that Russia has no plans to pull its military out of Syria. 

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Reported in: Issue 160
Date: 18.07.2019
Language: Arabic
Country: Russia, Syria
Keywords: Idlib, Syrian War
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: RT Arabic
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