The Russian Federation on Friday morning appointed Lieutenant General Aleksandr Zhuravlev as the new commander of their military forces inside Syria.
Russian based “Interfax News Agency” reported the appointment of Lt. Gen. Zhuravlev after the recent shake-up in the command structure for the Syrian front.
Not much is known about Lt. Gen. Zhuravlev’s prior military experience, other than the fact he has played an integral role in the training of the Syrian Armed Forces.
The newly appointed Russian commander also helped plan the Syrian Arab Army’s Palmyra offensive, which resulted in the ancient city’s liberation from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).
Lt. Zhuravlev is expected to take over the command post of the Syria operations immediately.