Russia sending thousands of troops, dozens of jets to Syria

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Sukhoi-24 aircraft trailing an Ilyushin Il-78 in a photo taken in 2009. (CC BY-SA Dmitry Terekhov, Flickr)

 

Russia has deployed 28 combat planes in Syria, US officials said Monday, and a source in Moscow said 2,000 Russian military personnel would be sent to an airbase near the main port city of Latakia, as fears grow over Moscow’s increasing military presence in the war-torn nation.

Washington in recent weeks has expressed growing concern over Russia’s moves to support Syrian President Bashar Assad and warned that militarily backing his regime risks further hampering efforts at bringing peace.

Experts said the buildup is likely a prelude to military action. Continue reading