In August of 2015, the United States Air Force observed the 1st anniversary of their “deterrent airstrikes” on the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) positions inside the war-torn country of Iraq.

However, there was not much to celebrate, as ISIS seized the Nineveh Governorate’s provincial capital of Mosul in the Summer of 2014, along with a substantial amount of territory in the Al-‘Anbar Governorate.

The U.S. airstrikes did little to obstruct the terrorist group’s advance inside Iraq; so, they decided to form a joint coalition of countries they would later dub the “Anti-ISIS Coalition” in order to halt ISIS’ spread and protect their allies in the region.

Fast forward nine months later, ISIS is still a force in the region, having spread to the North African countries of Libya and Egypt, all-the-while the U.S. President Barack Obama repeatedly applauds the “success” of the Anti-ISIS Coalition.

It took one year for Russia to join the party; however, they did not receive a warm welcome from the U.S. Government and their allies.

In fact, Russia’s recent proliferation of military assets to the Syrian port-city of Tartous has been criticized by many western politicians, including the U.S. President; this did not seem to bother the Kremlin or their leader.

After all, why should this bother the Russian Federation? Their Naval Repair Dock in Tartous has been in service since the early 1970s, contrary those uneducated analysts that spread rumors such as “Russia is building a base in Tartous.”

Then there is the popular rumor among the Syrian Opposition activists that the Russian Marines are participating in the ground battles taking place inside Syria – to clarify, there have been zero reports of such instances and most of the Russian Marines are stationed many kilometers away from the battlefront.

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On Sunday morning, another Russian naval ship arrived in Syria; this time, the ship was transporting missiles the Russian Government promised the Syrian Arab Army’s Central Command.

What were these missiles? A senior officer in the Syrian Arab Army was unable to reveal this information, but he was able to confirm that these were not “anit-aircraft missiles”, like many reports alleged.

Of course, it would be uncharacteristically odd if the U.S. did not respond to Russia’s provocation; and low-and-behold, the U.S. Air Force launched a series of airstrikes over the ancient city of Palmyra – a city the Syrian Army is attempting to recapture.

According to a military source in east Homs, the U.S. Air Force began to carryout airstrikes in the Palmyra countryside after Russia escalated their participation in Syria.

The military source added that the U.S.’ tactic was to allow ISIS to combat the Syrian Armed Forces inside eastern Homs, while paving the way for Islamist rebel factions to concentrate on the embattled SAA elsewhere.

With Russia’s increased participation, the U.S.’ reservations of attacking ISIS in areas like east Homs and east Hama had been inadvertently illuminated by the Russian presence – or did the Russians already know this? Only time will tell.

 

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Daahireeto Mohamud
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Daahireeto Mohamud

“Of course, it would be uncharacteristically odd if the U.S. did not respond to Russia’s provocation; and low-and-behold, the U.S. Air Force launched a series of airstrikes over the ancient city of Palmyra – a city the Syrian Army is attempting to recapture.” I do not understand why Al masdarnews used the words ”Russia’s provocations” without putting, is that the view of this news outlet?

Eric Holt
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Eric Holt

One has to question why russia is in syria at all. It has never been there before physically in the war. All of a sudden, it builds an air base. It surrounds syria with anti air missiles. Lets stop there! Surrounds syria with anti air missiles, …..why??? Who challenging a*s-aids has planes? What is needed is more armour, yes. More ground troops, yes. More strategies, yes. Even better commanders, yes! A lot of yes there. but true. If these conditions do not improve, assad will fail to remain in control of syria. That someone helps him, thats just going to… Read more »