Russia sends special forces, counterterrorism units to Syria


Carlo Munoz
The Hill
March 20, 2012

Moscow has sent elite units of Russian marines and special-operations forces to Syria to conduct “anti-terrorism” missions in the country, according to reports by Al Arabiya.

The troops were reportedly aboard two Russian warships that arrived at the country’s naval base in the Syrian port city of Tartus on Monday, the news agency reports.

The ships joined up with “a Russian naval reconnaissance and surveillance ship” already anchored in Tartus, the report adds, citing sources within opposition forces in Syria.

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