Syrian official says Russian experts expand their presence

September 9, 2015 12:49 PM

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Syrian official says Russian experts expand their presence

MOSCOW/BEIRUT/AMMAN Russian military experts have expanded their presence in Syria over the last year, a Syrian military official said on Wednesday, pointing to a deepening of ties which Washington fears may be a buildup to support President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia confirmed that it had military experts on the ground in Syria but said they were there only to help the Syrian authorities receive arms shipments which it has acknowledged sending in the past.

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