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Russia Starts Drawing Down Forces in Syria

Russia is beginning a draw-down of its military resources in Syria. Military chief Valery Gerasimov said Friday, "In accordance with the decision of the supreme commander of the Russian armed forces Vladimir Putin, the Russian defense ministry is beginning the reduction of the armed deployment to Syria." Gerasimov said the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier and its accompanying ships will be the first to go. Moscow has been a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in...

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