Russian Jets in Syrian Skies


Russia has begun its military intervention in Syria, deploying an aerial contingent to a permanent Syrian base, in order to launch attacks against ISIS and Islamist rebels; US stays silent.

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. (ILLUSTRATION: A formation of Russian Mig 31’s)

According to Western diplomats, a Russian expeditionary force has already arrived in Syria and set up camp in an Assad-controlled airbase. The base is said to be in an area surrounding Damascus, and will serve, for all intents and purposes, as a Russian forward operating base.

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.

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.) The current makeup of the expeditionary force is still unknown, but 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.

Western diplomatic sources recently reported that a series of negotiations had been held between the Russians and the Iranians, mainly focusing on ISIS and the threat it poses to the Assad regime. The infamous Iranian Quds Force commander Major General Qasem Soleimani recently visited Moscow in the framework of these talks. As a result, 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.

Russian Air force air craft
Russian Air Force air craft

The Russians are not the only ones coordinating their Middle East policy with the Iranians; The US has also jumped aboard that train. American government officials 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.

The Iranian-American cooperation is focused on two focal points: The first being Anbar province, where the Iraqis have thus far failed to expel ISIS; and the second Mosul, where the Iraqis have yet to come up with a feasible plan to recapture the city.

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 the struggle to re-equip 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 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.

A Russian Air Force Mig 31
A Russian Air Force Mig 31

Arab media outlets have recently published reports that Syria and Russia were looking for an additional port on the Syrian coast, which will serve the Russians in their mission to hasten the pace of the Syrian rearmament.

In the meantime, Assad’s army is in full scale retreat in the strategic province of Idlib. Mere days ago, a force from the Jaesh Al Fatah (A coalition of rebel groups including Jabhat al-Nusra) advanced on the Abu Duhur military airfield in southwestern Syria’s Iblib province, which borders on Latika. Alwaite and Christian residents of the area have fled to the last remaining Alawite Bantustans along the country’s coastline.

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 in Syria.

During a recent trip to Qatar, Erdogan reached understandings with the Qataris and the Saudis regarding a program to arm Muslim Brotherhood backed rebels who are fighting against ISIS, de-facto fighting both Assad and ISIS.

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Source: YNetNews

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11 September, 2015 5:15 pm

The beginning of the end! World War 3 coming to a country near you!

Reply to  SAMUEL U
12 September, 2015 10:42 am

It’s all engineered. This war is not spontaneous. The upheaval will dissolve all borders in the ME. When it reaches that state, Israel will redraw its own borders into a Greater Israel. Palestinians will be driven out into a big no-man’s land. The whole ME region will be in disarray, unstructured, backwarded, and absolutely no threat to Greater Israel.

12 September, 2015 7:48 pm

Assad is on our(white) “side” when it comes to international dealing and stability in the middle east. Not to mention a hug part of Syria is/was Christian before ISIS moved in and started killing them. Also Syria has one of the largest white population in the middle east within it’s boarders. Just look at Assad. Russia supporting of Syria maybe just regional politics, then again Putin has been doing a lot of things that have favored whites in general. In reality i think Putin is a Russian Nationalist and will do whats best for Russia, which many times is in tune with what is good for whites in general. But not always. If Trump gets elected, it will mean a return to normal relation between the U.S. and Russia. Trump’s… Read more »

Reply to  Jay
13 September, 2015 11:36 am

As Trump is against the ‘Iran Deal’, I do not see a big change in politics if he were to become president. (There shouldn’t have been a boycot against Iran in the first place.)

The best way to ‘defeat ISIS’, is to stop funding and supporting it with money, weapons, intelligence, and ‘safe zones’ from which they can attack Assad. Assad would perfectly be able to manage Syria again. For quicker results, the West should actively support Assad.

13 September, 2015 10:27 pm

Have Russian authorities confirmed reports that their troops and pilots will be participating in the war against ISIS in Syria, or are we relying on “Western authorities” for information that is rarely accurate? How many times have Western authorities and media reported Russian military intervention in the Ukrainian conflict only to be debunked as propaganda?