Russian Air Force: Withdrawal from Syria to be complete in 3 days

The Air Force aims to meet President Vladimir Putin's deadline and pull out in the next two to three days.

By: AP | Moscow | Published:March 17, 2016 4:13 pm
Russia military pullout, Russia army withdrawal, Syria troops withdrawal, Russia troops recall, Syria military pullout, Syria Conflict, Syria War, Syria airstrikes, Middle East news, World news Russian Su-25 ground attack jets are parked after returning from Syria, at a Russian air base in Primorsko-Akhtarsk, southern Russia, Wednesday.(Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

The commander of the Russian Air Force says the withdrawal of the bulk of Russian forces from Syria should be completed in about two to three days.

Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev said in an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily on Thursday that the Air Force aims to meet President Vladimir Putin’s deadline and pull out in the next two to three days.

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Putin on Monday announced the withdrawal of most of the Russian forces from Syria to end a five-and-a-half-month campaign there. The first group of bombers left for Russia on Tuesday. Moscow didn’t specify how many aircraft and troops would be withdrawn. It has not revealed how many soldiers it has deployed to Syria, but US estimates of the number of Russian military personnel vary from 3,000 to 6,000.

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