Russian trips to Syria hit peak after Putin ordered partial pull-out

FILE PHOTO: Unidentified men carrying camouflage rucksacks and Damascus Airport duty-free bags arrive from Syria at Rostov Airport in Rostov, Russia January 26, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The number of Russian civilians travelling to Syria, where Moscow is running a military operation in support of President Bashar al-Assad, reached record levels this year, according to official figures published by a Russian security service. The data does not include Russian servicemen or explain what the civilians are doing in Syria. […]

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