There are an estimated 5,000 Russian personnel in Syria.
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Goals met for Russia in Syria so far, U.S. seesThree months into his military intervention in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin has achieved his central goal of stabilizing the Assad government and, with the costs relatively low, could sustain military operations at this level for years, U.S. officials and military analysts say. The war is being funded from Russia's regular annual defense budget of about $54 billion, a U.S. intelligence official said.Prior to Russia's military action, U.S. and Western officials said, Assad's government looked increasingly threatened.U.S. officials have not publicly defined what a quagmire would look like for Russia.U.S. officials said Russia's military footprint is relatively light. Russian casualties in Syria have been relatively minimal, officially put at three dead. U.S. officials estimate that Russia may have suffered as many as 30 casualties overall.
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