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Russian Airstrikes Help Syria Gain 'Major Victory', Rebel Forces 'Collapsing' — AP

There's no way to spin it: Syria has made significant gains with the help of Russian air support

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We are witnessing a historic turning point in Syria, and the Associated Press can't find a way to spin it:

Backed by relentless Russian airstrikes, Syrian troops and allied militiamen on Wednesday pushed deeper into a major rebel stronghold in the northwestern province of Latakia, a day after seizing a key rebel-held town in the strategic region overlooking the coast, the government and opposition activists said.

<figcaption>Russian success in Syria can no loger be ignored.</figcaption>
Russian success in Syria can no loger be ignored.

The insurgents in the opposition-held area near the Turkish border were collapsing after the town of Salma fell to government loyalists late Tuesday. Salma's fall marked one of the most significant military victories by the Syrian military since Russia began airstrikes in the country last September to shore up President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

There it is. In plain English. There's not even accusations of starving children or blown-up grandmas in the lead. It can't be denied anymore: With Russia's help, Syria is putting the hurt on the "moderate" opposition.

The western press has been attempting to discredit Russia's airstrikes since Day One. We've heard it all: "Russia is providing air cover for ISIS"; "Russia isn't even bombing Syria, it's all RT green-screen"; "Blah blah blah I have a pole up my ass".

Well...How do you like them apples?

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