Russian fighter pilots are expected to begin arriving in Syria in the coming days, and will fly their Russian air force fighter jets and attack helicopters against ISIS and rebel-aligned targets within the failing state.And then this...
According to Western diplomats, a Russian expeditionary force has already arrived in Syria and set up camp in an Assad-controlled airbase. The base is said to be in area surrounding Damascus, and will serve, for all intents and purposes, as a Russian forward operating base.
In the coming weeks thousands of Russian military personnel are set to touch down in Syria, including advisors, instructors, logistics personnel, technical personnel, members of the aerial protection division, and the pilots who will operate the aircraft.
The Russians do not harbor offensive intentions towards Israel or other sovereign states in the area, and their main stated goal is battling ISIS and preserving Assad's rule. However, their presence will represent a challenge to the Israeli Air Force's freedom of operation in the skies above the Middle East.Here.
Do you get the force of connection here? First this is a Israeli news source and they're basically stating that the Russian move into Syria isn't a worry. That alone is telling. No longer is Russia being viewed as an agitator but more as a stabilizing force.
Next we have the US, Europe, Turkey and some Middle Eastern nations all engaged in fighting ISIS with no results. Meanwhile Russia is parachuting in and will be engaging the bastards while being able to reinvigorate the offensive.
You can be stuck in your normalcy bias but the Russians are acting masterfully.
Our Pentagon and State Dept (not to mention the Administration) is being totally outclassed by the Russians.
We've been outfoxed again. As much as Trump's rhetoric sometimes annoys it appears he's right. There guys are smarter than ours.