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    Russian Forces Begin Withdrawing From Syria

    They’re getting out. A December cease-fire deal included Russia’s agreement to reduce the number of troops in the region, and today that drawdown has begun, with Russia’s naval fleet reportedly the first to return to the motherland. Meanwhile, the U.N. warns that disrupting access to drinking water for 5.5 million people in Damascus is a war crime. Rebels, who control water-rich region Wadi Barada, say government bombings caused infrastructure damage, while regime forces blame rebel sabotage. Until U.N. inspectors are allowed to investigate, they say they can’t make a determination.

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