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Russia begans withdrawing troops quietly from Syria

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This photo shows a general view of the Syrian border town of Assal al-Ward that is held by government forces, Syria. Hezbollah fighters have been spearheading an attack along with President Bashar Assad's troops against Sunni insurgents in Syria's rugged mountainous region of Qalamoun. (photo: AP)
This photo shows a general view of the Syrian border town of Assal al-Ward that is held by government forces, Syria. Hezbollah fighters have been spearheading an attack along with President Bashar Assad’s troops against Sunni insurgents in Syria’s rugged mountainous region of Qalamoun. (photo: AP)

has reportedly begun a draw down of its military forces in .

The news comes from the TASS news agency, who quotes the head of the Russian General Staff, Valery Gerasimov.

“In accordance with the decision of the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, (President) Vladimir Putin, the Russian Defence Ministry is beginning to reduce its armed forces deployment in .”

Naval fleet first

Gerasimov said ’s naval fleet would be the first to return.

Led by the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, it has been operating in the Mediterranean off the Syrian coast.

The naval group headed by aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov will be the first Russian deployment to leave Syria January 6, 2017

December agreement

Vladimir Putin said in December that had agreed to reduce its military deployment in .

The agreement forms part of the terms of a ceasefire deal between Syrian opposition groups and the Syrian government.

In short

News comes days after and Turkey negotiated the latest ceasefire

has targeted anti-government rebels with air strikes since 2015

Analysts say Moscow’s support has turned the war in favour of the Syrian regime

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