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Russia Leaves Syria, Super Tuesday 2, Ancient Find

RUSSIAN WITHDRAWAL BEGINS IN SYRIA

After yesterday's unexpected announcement from Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian armed forces have begun to withdraw from Syria on the civil war's fifth anniversary. A first group of warplanes has already left its Syrian base for Russia, the Defense Ministry said. "The main task now is to take every measure to promote a peace settlement and talks that have begun in Geneva," the Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters. But Russia explained that it would keep its long-range S-400 air defense missiles on the ground.

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