Bombs lie near a Russian war plane at Hemeimeem airbase, Syria, Oct. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Vladimir Isachenkov)
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Three serving or former Russian soldiers have been geolocated by photographs in Syria, including locations near Hama, Aleppo and Homs, Russian bloggers said Sunday, suggesting the Kremlin's operation stretches well beyond its air campaign.A U.S. defense official said multiple rocket-launcher crews and long-range artillery batteries were deployed outside four bases the Russians were using.Sunday's report by Conflict Intelligence Team, a group of Russian investigative bloggers, said that photos on social media had been used to geolocate three Russian serving or former soldiers in Syria.CIT published screenshots from a social media account belonging to Ayas Saryg-Ool, a soldier it said served in Russia's 74th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade, and from an account belonging to Vladimir Boldyrev, who it suggested was a Russian marine from the 810th Separate Marine Brigade.
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