Putin orders ‘significant part’ of Russian forces in Syria to withdraw

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin ordered “a significant part” of Russia’s military contingent in Syria to start withdrawing on Monday, saying Moscow and Damascus had achieved their mission of destroying Islamic State in just over two years.

Putin, on visit, orders Russian forces to start pulling out of Syria: agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered Russian forces in Syria to start withdrawing and held surprise talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on a visit to Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Latakia Province, Russian news agencies reported.