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Russia Deploys Special Forces to Syria for Reconnaissance Missions

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Units of Russian special forces have been deployed in Syria to carry out "many tasks", including reconnaissance and target-designation, the commander of the Russian military contingent in Syria said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Units of Russian special forces have been deployed in Syria to carry out a variety of tasks, including reconnaissance and target-designation, the commander of the Russian military contingent in Syria said.

"Our special forces units are operating in Syria. They provide additional reconnaissance for Russian airstrikes, carry out aircraft target-designation in remote areas, and carry out other special tasks," Col. Gen. Alexander Dvornikov said in an interview with Rossiiskaya Gazeta posted on its website on Wednesday. 

Syrian Army Liberated 400 Settlements With Russia's Air Support

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The government forces have liberated 400 settlements in Syria during the Russian air operation in Syria, recapturing some 10,000 square kilometers (over 3,860 sq. miles) from terrorists, the commander of the Russian military contingent in Syria said.

"During the operation, the Syrian forces with the Russian air support liberated 400 settlements," Col. Gen. Alexander Dvornikov said in an interview with Rossiiskaya Gazeta posted on its website on Wednesday.

The potential of terrorist groups has been reduced by half, they have lost initiative, while the territory under their control shrank by 10,000 square kilometers," Dvornikov stressed.

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