Five Months in Syria: Russia Has Made History
In five short months, Russia has turned the tide in Syria and forged a new international order
Al-Masdar News has published a brief but compelling article highlighting the Syrian army's achievements since Russia entered the conflict back in September. The Russians have only been in Syria for five months, but they've completely changed the course of the war:
Exactly 5 months ago, on 30 September 2015, the Russian airforce began its bombardment on ISIS fighters and various Islamist rebel groups across Syria. Subsequently, government forces have been able to gain considerable ground in especially the provinces of Lattakia, Daraa and Aleppo. The latter governorate quickly witnessed a change of momentum and upper hand as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched three different offensives in separate directions from the provincial capital itself.
The future of Syria is still uncertain, but one thing is absolutely clear: Russia has saved the Syrian people from western-backed slaughter. Moscow's ability to prevent a US-imposed "no fly zone" over Syria quite literally saved the entire country: As a Russian diplomat revealed, western powers predicted that a "no fly zone" would allow ISIS to take Damascus by October. And you can bet they weren't planning on doing anything about it.
Now the Syrian army is less than 100 miles from the Islamic State's "capital". In five months, Russia has turned the tables in Syria.
Putin continues to insist that Russia has no ambitions as a world power. It may be true. But it doesn't change the fact that Russian power has prevented the west from annihilating yet another Middle Eastern nation.
Russia has made history.