: Reuters: Russia pulls most strike aircraft from Syria, now using artillery - U.S.

15:48 Mar. 19, 2016

Reuters: Russia pulls most strike aircraft from Syria, now using artillery - U.S.

Russian Su-25 ground attack jets are parked after returning from Syria, at a Russian air base in Primorsko-Akhtarsk, southern Russia, March 16, 2016 (AP Photo)

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Russia has withdrawn most of its strike aircraft from Syria, the U.S. military said on Friday, March 18, adding that it was now entirely carrying out strikes in support of Syrian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.

Read also Russian President orders army to withdraw from Syria

"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 

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