Russia starts patrols close to US-controlled zone in Syria’s east: Report

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Russia’s military has begun patrolling a demarcation line between zones controlled by the US-led international coalition’s forces and Russian forces in eastern Syria, the TASS news agency cited Moscow as saying on Monday.

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“It’s the boundary that divides the territory controlled by the international anti-terrorist coalition, the ‘East’ zone, and the ‘West’ zone controlled by Russia’s forces. Until now there were no patrols by Russian servicemen,” a spokesman for Russia's military was quoted as saying.

The spokesman said there were potential ISIS sleeper cells in the area and that Russia’s military was trying to demonstrate its presence.

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