Friday, 30 September 2016

How bombing Syria has paid off for President Putin

Russian forces have been operating in support of the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria for a year.
Their impact has been significant.
When they arrived, there were fears that government force were close to collapse.
This position has largely been reversed.
It is the Syrian government - while still fragile - that is now on the offensive with a brutal bid to recapture the whole of the city of Aleppo.
Initially seen by US analysts through the prism of recent Western military involvements in the region, many pundits were quick to dismiss the Russian effort as likely to fail.
The Russian military, it was said, was not up to expeditionary warfare. Russia would quickly find itself bogged down in a Syrian quagmire.
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