Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Washington Post: How Russia’s lone aircraft carrier will change the fight in Syria
With the imminent arrival of its lone aircraft carrier off the coast of Syria, Russia is set to bulk up its military campaign ahead of what probably will be a renewed bombing campaign on the besieged city of Aleppo.
The Admiral Kuznetsov, the Russian Navy’s 1,000-foot-long, MiG-carrying flagship, was last seen steaming through the Mediterranean toward the Syrian coast after a mid-sea refueling that — incredibly — was captured by satellite. It is unclear exactly where the carrier, technically known as a “heavy aviation cruiser,” and its accompanying battlegroup actually are in relation to its final destination. The small armada, however, looks like it will arrive within days of the Syrian government’s plan to close a number of humanitarian corridors running out of eastern Aleppo.
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WNU Editor: It adds more fire power to the war .... but I see this deployment more as PR move for the Russian public and not a new startegy that will significantly change the course of this war.