Wednesday, August 31, 2016

These Are The Current Russian Goals In Syria

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Ian Parmeter, The Interpreter: Where the Russian intervention in Syria is headed

Russian President Vladimir Putin is well on the way to achieving several objectives of his military intervention in Syria.

Russia has ensured the survival of the Assad regime, its only Arab partner, without loss of Russian personnel to the rebels or becoming mired in a ground conflict. In doing so, it has helped reduce the reach of Islamic State and thus Islamic State’s attractiveness to potential jihadists in Russia’s Muslim-majority regions.

It has also preserved access to its naval facility in Tartus, on Syria’s western coast; its only military port outside the former Soviet Union.

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WNU Editor: Could not have said it any better.

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