As recently as a month ago, the surprising answer appeared to be an unexpected "yes", as we described in detail in "The End Draws Near For Syria's Assad As Putin's Patience "Wears Thin." Which would make no sense: why would Putin abdicate a carefully cultivated relationship, one which served both sides (Russia exported weapons, provides military support, and in exchange got a right of first and only refusal on any traversing pipelines through Syria) for years, just to take a gamble on an unknown future when the only aggressor was a jihadist spinoff which had been created as byproduct of US intervention in the region with the specific intention of achieving precisely this outcome: overthrowing Assad (see "Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US "Created" ISIS As A "Tool" To Overthrow Syria's President Assad").
As it turns out, it may all have been just a ruse. Because as Ynet reports, not only has Putin not turned his back on Assad, or Syria, but the Russian reinforcements are well on their way. Reinforcements for what? Why to fight the evil Islamic jihadists from ISIS of course, the same artificially created group of bogeyman that the US, Turkey, and Saudis are all all fighting. In fact, this may be the first world war in which everyone is "fighting" an opponent that everyone knows is a proxy for something else.
Russia is gearing up to be the FIRST world power to insert ground forces into Syria ~ link ~ I do not agree with some of the statements expressed in this article ... remember that this site is sometimes called the 'posting board for the Mossad', however I do recommend that my readers read it in full at the link. Stirling
No Russian Air Force fighters sent to Syria claims Russian military source ~ link ~
"There has been no redeployment of Russian combat aircraft to the Syrian Arab Republic,” the source told RT on Tuesday. “The Russian Air Force is at its permanent bases and carrying out normal troop training and combat duty.”
Russian fighters take to the Syrian skies to 'combat ISIS' ~ link ~
Thousands of Russian military personnel are set to arrive in Syria over the coming weeks, including instructors, advisors, logistics personnel, technical personnel, members of the aerial protection division, and the pilots who will operate the aircraft said Ynet.
While the exact make-up the expeditionary force is unconfirmed, past reports had stated that Russia was in talks to sell Syria a package of MiG-29 fighter jets, and Yak-130 trainer jets which can also operate as attack aircraft. The new presence of Russian pilots operating combat missions over Syria is expected to drastically challenge the dynamics of the region.
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.
ISIS Nearing the Heart of the Syrian Capital ~ link ~
After taking their first territory in Damascus yesterday, ISIS looked to expand even deeper into the Syrian capital city today, picking a fight with rival Islamist rebels in the Asali neighborhood of southern Damascus, advancing significantly in the area.
Saudi Arabia and UAE prepare for a Major US-backed Ground Invasion of Yemen ~ link ~ We appear to be moving into the active direct military phase of WWIII. Stirling