Of course this military action in Syria is not about ISIS/ISIL. It is about reasserting Russian Military Power. Russian targets are actually US backed anti-Assad rebels, because Russia is propping up it’s new customer and Middle East client state. Russian military deployments are about a new “Axis of Evil” in the Middle East and the World. Russia, Syria, Iran, North Korea, China. Russia wants more arms customers (Syria, Iran, North Korea, China); more customers for it’s nuclear reactors (Iran & North Korea); more customers for it’s ballistic missile technology (Iran & North Korea) Russia benefits from anarchy & instability – the US benefits from regional stability. Obama is weak and has created a power vacuum – Putin and the Russians are filling it.
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The bombardment was the first naval salvo of Russia’s week-old military intervention in Syria, where it has already launched more than 100 airstrikes against the Islamic State and factions of Islamist and U.S.-backed rebel forces opposed to President Bashar al-Assad.
The attack showcased Russia’s advanced military capabilities and closer coordination with the governments of Iran and Iraq, whose airspace the missiles traversed before striking targets in Syria held by the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, an affiliate of al-Qaeda.
Like Russia, Iran is a key backer of Assad. Iraq’s leadership has close ties with Iran but also depends on support from the United States and Western allies.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a nationally televised briefing that the ships launched 26 cruise missiles, destroying 11 targets and killing no civilians. He also said that Russian planes continued to carry out airstrikes Wednesday.
The naval strikes on Wednesday were the first known operational use of state-of-the-art SSN-30A Kalibr cruise missiles, which were still being tested by the Russian navy in August.
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