15:48 Mar. 19, 2016
United States had not seen Russia carrying out any air strikes in recent days
Russia has withdrawn most of its strike aircraft from Syria, the U.S. military said on Friday, March 18, adding that it was now entirely carrying out strikes in support of Syrian government forces using artillery instead of aircraft.
"They still have helicopters and some transport aircraft. But what we've seen is that the majority of Russian strike aircraft have left Syria," Colonel Patrick Ryder, a spokesman at the U.S. military's Central Command, told Pentagon reporters.
Ryder said the United States had not seen Russia carrying out any air strikes in recent days, including around the Syrian city of Palmyra and was instead using artillery. Full story