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More than a third of the Soviet military advisers in Syria have been withdrawn in the last six months, according to Western sources in Damascus. Those withdrawn include an air defense unit that manned Soviet-made SA-5 surface-to-air missile batteries and that was the only potential Soviet combat force in the region, the sources said. The pullouts bring the number of Soviet advisers down from 6,000 to 4,000 or below.


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