Children gather in a camp for the displaced from Idlib's southern province and Hama's northern provice, in Kafr Dariyan situated at a short distance from Syria's border with Turkey, on August 26, 2018. / AFP / OMAR HAJ KADOUR
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Moscow is reinforcing its military presence in the Mediterranean near Syria, Russian media reported Tuesday, as speculation grows that Damascus is planning a Russian-backed offensive on rebel-held Idlib province.Pro-Kremlin paper Izvestia said Russia currently has 10 warships and two submarines in Syrian waters, saying this amounted to Moscow's biggest military presence there since it became involved in the conflict in 2015 . According to Izvestia, Russia plans to send "several more" warships to Syria.Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday the Russian military was in talks with leaders of armed groups in Idlib province to reach a peace settlement, Russian news agency RIA reported.Gen. Abolghasem Alinejad said Iran will maintain its military presence in Syria, revealing more details about a military cooperation deal Tehran and Damascus signed this week.
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