Syrian Army Denies Russian Ground Forces Fighting in Syria

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Syrian army denied Russian ground troops are fighting in Syria, saying Moscow was deploying only air power in the country.

Syrian Army Denies Russian Ground Forces Fighting in Syria

In a statement issued late Tuesday on the Syrian news agency SANA, a military source was quoted as saying that reports Russian combat forces were engaged in ground operations were "baseless and mere propaganda," Reuters reported.

Russia's three-week-old military operations were limited to aerial bombing of terrorist hideouts, command centers and weapons depots, the source said.

A military source claimed in an interview with Reuters Tuesday that at least three Russians had been killed fighting alongside Syrian Army forces and several more wounded when a shell hit their position in the coastal province of Latakia.

Russia's Defense Ministry denied Tuesday that Russian soldiers had died recently in Syria, in comments carried by Russian news agencies.

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