: More Russian jets to return home from Syria but some forces remain
Politics11:59 Mar. 16, 2016
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More Russian jets to return home from Syria but some forces remain

Moscow says mission complete but not all armed forces leaving Middle East

Another group of Russian planes based at Latakia in Syria is preparing to return home. This comes after a first detachment of jets landed in Voronezh after quitting Syrian territory. The Russian president says the air force has completed its mission in the Middle Eastern state as is no longer needed.

Watch also 'Confrontation with Russia has terrible costs for Turkey – and we are paying'

US Secretary of State John Kerry is set to travel to Moscow next week to discuss the situation. The Kremlin claims its mission in Syria was to battle ISIL. But Western intelligence shows its forces were in fact attacking positions of rebels fighting the Syrian government.

Watch also Did Putin use Syria as a training ground for Russian Air and Naval Forces?

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