Activist Group Claims Russian Ground Troops Are Fighting In Syria

(Stock photo of Russian soldiers)

Al Jazeera writes that a report by a group of Russian activists claims that Russia’s military is taking an active role in ground operations to support the Syrian army against ISIS and other rebel groups.

The report contradicts Moscow’s claim that Russia is only using air-strikes and military advisors and equipment.

Kirill Mikhailov works for the Moscow-based Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) which investigates the Russian military’s activities in countries such as Ukraine and Syria.

Mikhailov spoke with Al Jazeera on Sunday and said the group has discovered that Russian ground forces have been operating in areas that have seen intense fighting across Syria.

The group did not confirm whether or not Russian troops were fighting in conjunction with or not in conjunction with Syrian government troops.

(Updated report)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/08/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-idUSKCN0SX0H820151108

https://www.kyivpost.com/content/russia-and-former-soviet-union/conflict-intelligence-team-beyond-the-airstrikes-russias-activities-on-the-ground-in-syria-401620.html

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/activists-geolocate-russian-soldiers-ground-syria-151108135416902.html

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