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RJ1969 December 11th, 2015 4:43pm

Russia is now supplying weapons and providing air support for western-backed Syrian opposition forces.

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cowboy Proud Father
12/17/15 9:19 am

Probably true. Putin wants Soetoro's army on his side. Big deal. It's war strategy.

ladyniner81 I hate people
12/13/15 8:52 am

Wow. This Syrian mess has turned into one big clusterfuck

corino Utah
12/11/15 9:35 pm

If Assad falls, Russia gets to keep the port.

badattitude no place like home
12/11/15 11:28 am

This video explains how completely screwed up this situation is.

jvberg Winter has Come
12/11/15 10:46 am

This whole situation is a nightmare, I wouldn't be surprised

skinner Jersey City
12/11/15 10:04 am

So what, we are supposed to take Putin's word from it and ignore the accounts of actual Syrians who work with the Free Syrian Army? We are supposed to ignore the stories of the relatives of the hundreds of civilians who Russia's airstrikes have killed in two months?

RJ1969 SoCal
12/11/15 10:12 am

No, don't ignore them. This whole cluster-fck has never been as simple as a chess game, us vs them. It's way more complicated. I think once the ruskies got there, they realized they stepped in a pile and are now trying to salvage the situation.

skinner Jersey City
12/11/15 10:15 am

I think that's overly optimistic. Russia's interests require that the Assad regime remain in power and there is nothing credible to suggest that their decision making process has changed in any way.

palindrome California
12/11/15 2:07 pm

"We are supposed to ignore the stories of the relatives of the hundreds of civilians who Russia's airstrikes have killed in two months?"

We seem to ignore the stories of the relatives of the tens of thousands of civilians our air strikes have killed in the past decade very very well. No one seems to care one little bit about that.

TheCameron UCF
12/11/15 9:51 am

They support Assad through and through.

skinner Jersey City
12/11/15 9:48 am

Yeah, Russia is helping the Free Syrian Army. That's why they're bombing them so frequently. Don't worry moderate rebels, just give Russia your coordinates and they will "support" you with air strikes. It's a bunch of malarkey. Russia is a sharp adversary of the Syrian Revolution. Russia is only involved to secure the position of Bashar al-Assad.

RJ1969 SoCal
12/11/15 9:52 am

It appears their tune is changing. Top US brass said sometime ago that Russian attempts to prop Assad will inevitably fail. I think they finally got that memo and are trying to do an about face.

skinner Jersey City
12/11/15 10:00 am

I don't know where you're seeing evidence of an about-face. I have seen nothing to indicate that Moscow's policy in Syria has changed. All I see is reports of the FSA losing more territory in the northwest because of Russian air strikes. The capital of the revolution, Homs, has just been lost because of a coalition of Syrian soldiers, Shiite militias, Hezbollah proxies, Iraqi intelligence services, Russian airstrikes, and Iranian troops. I don't know what's convinced you Putin is changing his calculus.

RJ1969 SoCal
12/11/15 10:07 am

Let's see what comes out of Moscow after Kerry's visit next week and what happens in the region weeks after that.

skinner Jersey City
12/11/15 10:08 am

Okay, but I don't see any evidence for your prediction and I think you're misleading your followers.

RJ1969 SoCal
12/11/15 10:20 am

I appreciate your skepticism. It makes your perspectives healthy and valued. I'm throwing this out more to start a conversation (just like this one) more than anything.

RJ1969 SoCal
12/11/15 10:45 am

Fox News Latino has an excellent interview with Assad about the current state of affairs and the upcoming talks concerning the talk of an internationally-brokered change in the Syrian government.

skinner Jersey City
12/11/15 2:01 pm

It may be true that Iran is retreating or staging a temporary strategic maneuver, though I find that unlikely because of the new resources the Islamic Republic has following the repeal of international sanctions against its economy. However, even if we accept as true that Iran no longer has the political will for a direct intervention in favor of Assad, that does not causally imply that they will abandon their indirect politicking in favor of the Shiite leader remaining in power.

There's nothing wrong with starting a conversation, but when you make these connections and present them as facts you promote a Russophile demeanor among your followers. This is damaging because it will cause them to believe that Russia is a positive actor in the Middle East and perhaps in other regions of the world. It promotes a view that Russia is only interested in countering terrorism, which is not in line with the facts as we know them from Russia's involvement in Syria and Ukraine.

RJ1969 SoCal
12/11/15 10:04 pm

I'm sorry skinner. I'm not sure why it is like this right now.