Y-Net News 31 Aug. 2015: Russian fighter pilots are expected to begin arriving in Syria in the coming days, and will fly their Russian air force fighter jets and attack helicopters against ISIS and rebel-aligned targets within the failing state.
Past reports have stated that the Russians were in talks to sell the Syrians a package of MiG-29 fighter jets, and Yak-130 trainer jets (which can also serve as attack aircraft). DEBKAfile has previously reported on the arrival of 6 MIG 29 jet fighters in Damacus
According to Western diplomats, a Russian expeditionary force has already arrived in Syria and set up camp in an Assad-controlled airbase.
In the coming weeks thousands of Russian military personnel are set to touch down in Syria, including advisors, instructors, logistics personnel, technical personnel, members of the aerial protection division, and the pilots who will operate the aircraft.
There is no doubt that Russian pilots flying combat missions in Syrian skies will definitely change the existing dynamics in the Middle East.
The Russians do not harbor offensive intentions towards Israel or other sovereign states in the area, and their main stated goal is battling ISIS and preserving Assad’s rule. However, their presence will represent a challenge to the Israeli Air Force’s freedom of operation in the skies above the Middle East.
The Russians and the Iranians reached a strategic decision: Make any effort necessary to preserve Assad’s seat of power, so that Syria may act as a barrier, and prevent the spread of ISIS and Islamist backed militias into the former Soviet Islamic republics.
American government officials, too, have been holding intensive consultations with representatives of the Iranian regime concerning a stronger joint effort against ISIS in Iraq.
It seems that the US government currently views Iran as a central and necessary force in the campaign against ISIS within Iraq.
Western diplomatic sources have emphasized that the Obama administration is fully aware of the Russian intent to intervene directly in Syria, but has yet to issue any reaction. The absence of a vocal opposition from the Obama administration is compounded by its cessation of calls for the dissolution of Assad’s murderous regime.
This and more: The Iranians and the Russians – with the US well aware- have begun to reequip the Syrian army, which has been left in tatters by the civil war. They intend not only to train Assad’s army, but to also equip it. During the entire duration of the civil war, the Russians have consistently sent a weekly weapons supply ship to the Russian held port of Tartus in Syria on a weekly basis. The ships would bring missiles, replacement parts, and different types of ammunition for the Syrian army
Even Turkey, which has so far avoided any action which would strengthen Assad, has had to come to terms with the Russian-Iranian move and the resulting American silence, leading it to launch its own bombing campaign against ISIS (the Kurds) in Syria.
This would mean that Obama had capitulated and renounced on his call for Assad´s resignation and the division of Syria – to turn against his own child, and here, the IS (IS), which he established, finances, trains and equips.
The purpose of the war on terror was always to contain and weaken Russia.
But Putin, the chess-champion, has checkmated Obama in his own game: Putin is only helping Assad to fight the horrible IS(IS) – as Obama says he is, too.
Something is not as it seems!