First Russian Jets Leave Syria After Putin’s Withdrawal Order

March 15, 2016 11:31 AM

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MOSCOW — The first group of Russian fighter jets left Syria on Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said, a day after President Vladimir V. Putin ordered the withdrawal of the “main part” of its forces from the country.

The jets flew home after the Russian Air Force contingent began loading equipment and making other technical preparations necessary to start the withdrawal, the ministry said in a statement.

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