January 14, 2016 / 4:21 PM / 2 years ago

Russia-Syria deal allows open-ended deployment of Russian air force - RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is allowed to deploy its air force in Syria for an open-ended period under the terms of an agreement signed between Moscow and Damascus in August, the RIA news agency said on Thursday, citing the text of the document.

Residents inspect a crater at a site hit by what activists said were three consecutive air strikes carried out by the Russian air force, the last which hit an ambulance, in the rebel-controlled area of Maaret al-Numan town in Idlib province, Syria January 12, 2016. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Russian planes flying out of a base in Syria’s Latakia province have been bombing Islamic militants since Sept. 30 as part of a push to help Syrian President Bashar al-Assad defeat his opponents on the battle field.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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