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Unmarked Russian Military Convoy Photographed In Latakia
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Photos circulated today on Twitter show what appears to be unmarked Russian military hardware on the move in Syria.

The photos were posted on Twitter at 5:56 GMT and were purportedly taken yesterday in al-Shilfatiyah, Latakia:

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The equipment seen here is rather interesting

The convoy contained three R-166-0,5 radio communications vehicles:

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Note that the last two vehicles above have a white square painted on in place of any unit markings or numbers. This was a common practice of the Russian army during their operations in eastern Ukraine.

None of the other vehicles in the convoy had any identification marks: 

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The truck towing what appears to be a 2A65 152 mm howitzer below is a dedicated artillery tractor variant of the Kamaz-6350.

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This variant only entered service with the Russian army in 2011.  

Infantry are travelling with the convoy, but we cannot say whether they are Russian or Syrian soldiers:

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-- Pierre Vaux