Last month, the Syrian civilians living in the government-controlled parts of Syria had little be optimistic about: the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was spread too thin and on the defensive at most fronts, while the humanitarian crisis inside the country spread to the provinces that were once relatively unaffected by the violence (i.e. Al-Sweida).
Well, "hope springs eternal" when hundreds of Russian Marines and dozens of Russian jets enter your country; this was the case in the overcrowded provinces of Latakia and Tartous, as large crowds gathered near the coast to welcome these Russian naval infantrymen and their advanced military hardware.
Those previously depressed civilians in the government-controlled part of Syria are now oozing with optimism, thanks in large part to the recent news of China's military partnership with their Russian allies.
Earlier this week, a Chinese naval vessel crossed through Egypt's Suez Canal and entered the Mediterranean Sea; its destination was unknown, but that did not make a difference to the Syrian people because the news circulating around the country indicated that China's participation in this brutal conflict was imminent.
According to a senior officer in the Syrian Arab Army that is stationed inside the coastal province of Latakia, "the Chinese will be arriving in the coming weeks."
When asked to elaborate, the officer responded that Chinese military personnel were expected to join the Russians Marines stationed around Syria's western countryside.
The officer could not provide anymore details regarding their deployment; however, he did state that the Chinese military personnel were expected to arrive at Tartous' ports in the next six weeks.