U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter listens to questions during a news conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia in this August 20, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
WASHINGTON - 13 December 2017: The United States said on Tuesday it has not observed any meaningful withdrawal of Russian combat forces from Syria, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement on Monday of a significant pullout.
"There have been no meaningful reductions in combat troops following Russia's previous announcements planned departures from Syria," said Marine Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway, a Pentagon spokesman.
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