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Shoigu in Damascus, Tehran for anti-ISIS drive

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 12:11
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DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. September 13, 2017, 10:02 PM (IDT)

After a tense conversation with Bashar Assad in Damascus Tuesday, Sept. 12, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources discovered the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu flew secretly the next day to Tehran. He then proceeded directly to Sochi to brief President Vladimir Putin on his mission, which was to pull together the Russian-backed Syrian-Iranian-Hizballah operations on the Syrian-Iraqi border.   

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