Russia reportedly deploys ground troops in Syria

Russia reportedly sends ground forces to Syria; Russian airstrikes hit 472 terrorist targets in two days; Putin in Tehran, signs decree lifting ban on supplying Iran with uranium enrichment equipment; Putin to meet with Ayatollah and Rouhani; Delivery of S-300 missile system to Iran begins

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Russia has deployed ground troops in Syria according to a report by Kuwait’s Al-Rai. The report claims that Russian troops have been supporting T-90 tanks and have taken over several strategic positions against rebel forces.

Last week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed minimum presence of Russian ground forces that are “technical contingent there to support the Russian air group operations,” however denied initial reports of ground troop deployment, stating “No Russian ground troops are present there and the Russian military is not conducting a ground operation, as the Russian president stated on a number of occasions.”

The Russian Air Force has reportedly carried out airstrikes hitting over 472 terrorist targets in the past two days. Ground forces have reportedly been taking over strategic positions against ISIS and rebel forces.

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Tehran Monday to attend a Gas Exporting Countries Forum summit and to meet with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Knamenei as well as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The leaders are reported to hold talks on Syria and an “international peace plan intended to end the conflict”.

Putin additionally signed a decree lifting a ban on supplying Iran with uranium enrichment equipment and technology as Russia and Iran continue to strengthen economic and trade ties following the final deal on Iran’s nuclear program made with world powers in July.

Putin also approved a schedule to begin transferring advanced S-300 anti-aircraft system to Iran, the arms deal finalized in May. Reports from Iran claim the delivery has already begun.