According to a senior officer from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the head of Syrian military intelligence, General ‘Ali Mamlouk, traveled to Beirut last week in order to attend a meeting with the head of Egypt’s military intelligence.
The meeting was facilitated by Russian security officials and meant to strengthen the renewed alliance between Syria and Egypt after the latter broke-off all diplomatic ties under their former president – Mohammad Morsi – in late 2012.
The source added that both parties agreed upon a contingency for Russia’s presence inside west Syria; this included the possible use of Egyptian airspace for the Russian Air Force.
Russia’s presence in Egypt could be detrimental for the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS), as the Kremlin possesses a powerful military arsenal and a history of dealing with religious extremists.
For the Syrian state government, their suspension from participation in the Arab League had created a rift between the region’s military powers; specifically, damaged relations with their former ally – Egypt.
However, thanks to repeated efforts by both Russia and Iran, the two historic allies are quickly mending their differences and exchanging intelligence information, despite the Western powers and Saudi Arabia’s disapproval over this rapprochement with the Syrian president, Dr. Bashar Al-Assad.
The Egyptian president, ‘Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, has taken a 180 degree turn in favor of the Syrian Arab Army; this promising news has strengthened Dr. Bashar Al-Assad’s presence in the region, while also giving him support from arguably the strongest Arab army.