I was wrong.
These guys are out hookin' and jabbin'. This jives with reports that an offensive spearheaded by Assad loyalist along with Iranian Quds forces and backed by Russian Marines might be spot on.
Scratching my head because I really thought that the Brits/Europeans had the same export controls as we do, but then you read further and realize that they're also using IVECO LMV combat patrol vehicles and its apparent that they're not going to reinvent the wheel but simply use the best of what's available.
I thought that this was a move to fill the vacuum by the lack of US leadership/planning for the region. I think it might be more than that. This is beginning to look like a long range thing to firmly establish a base of operations in Syria. In 2 or 3 years we might look back at this time and regret that we left the Russian Bear such a big opening to become the dominant power AND king maker in the region.