Image by Ali Mustafa via EPA]. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. What role are each of these nations playing in Syria. The strikes would “isolate Russian Federation in the region”, he predicted. Strikes there do not reflect the pressure on Assad’s troops, but carry political significance because Raqqa is widely acknowledged as being the Islamic State’s capital city. This move reinforces Tehran’s longstanding policy of bolstering the Assad regime and has little to do with the battle against IS. The confusing policy of fighting Assad and also fighting his enemies does not seem to bother the neocons.
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He also said the US-led coalition against ISIL has failed to achieve any results.
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Both Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, for example, have stopped labelling all opposition forces as “terrorists“, which suggests that a few moderate groups on the ground might be recognized by Moscow as legitimate players.
An analysis of the Russian air strikes conducted to date points to four distinct geographic points. He also spoke on the condition of anonymity.???Russian Federation faces several limitations in what it can accomplish with its forces in Syria. Moreover, Jordan, the UAE and Saudi Arabia – which had no ties whatsoever to Russian Federation from the 1930s to the 1990s – have begun to shift toward Moscow, despite disagreement over the handling of Syria.
“(Russian President Vladimir Putin) had to go into Syria not out of strength, but out of weakness because his client, (Syrian President Assad) was crumbling and it was insufficient for him (Putin) to send him arms and money. And the entire spectrum of Syrian rebel groups, not just IS, will likely now want to inflict casualties on the Russians one way or another. “But he’s never had the courage of his own ambivalence to spell out his reasoning to the American people“. The Institute is run by arch-neoconservatives Frederick and Kimberly Kagan, and was instrumental in promoting the career of a serial fabricator by the name of Elizabeth O’Bagy who spent much of 2013-alongside the Russian oligarch-funded pundit Michael Weiss-clamoring for an American-led war against Assad. The fanatics have clearly outnumbered them thus putting a question mark on this decision by the US.
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“The problem here is Assad and the brutality he’s inflicted on the Syrian people“, Obama said.
The Russian air force began strikes in Syria on Wednesday.
Russian Federation is engaged in “classic asymmetric warfare” in Syria by using its military clout to prop up President Bashar Assad while saying it is attacking Islamic State militants, Britain’s foreign minister said Sunday. “Over the past 24 hours SU-34, SU-24M and SU-25 jets made 20 sorties”, the defence ministry said, reeling off the latest list of targets.
Consider: When Obama became president, the surge in Iraq had succeeded and the US had emerged as the dominant regional actor, able to project power throughout the region.
During Nasser’s rule, the USSR contributed Russian experts to aid in the development of the Aswan High Dam, Helwan Iron and Steel Company, the Aluminum Company of Egypt, Egyptalum in Nag Hammady, the installation of power lines and many other industrial projects.
NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe, General Philip Breedlove, was the first top Western official to publicly state that Russia’s new military infrastructure inside Syria, which includes anti-aircraft defense systems, was a de facto no-fly zone.