Russian investigators uncover Kremlin’s military aid to Assad regime

Poster at a Russian naval base in Tartus, Syria says "It's time for manliness and real men!"

Poster at a Russian naval base in Tartus, Syria says "It's time for manliness and real men!" 

2015/09/05 • News

Recently the media and blogs have been full of speculation on Russian troops fighting in Syria. However, the exact scale of Russian involvement in the Syrian civil war remained unknown. Kremlin has (predictably) denied deploying Russian soldiers, vehicles or aircraft in Syria. Yet in the social media age, truth has slipped through the cracks.

Ruslan Leviev’s “War in Ukraine” team that got its fame for uncovering Russian spetsnaz deaths in Ukraine in spring 2015 months after the official “ceasefire”, looked deep into the emerging data on Russian servicemen in Syria. The investigators found proof of sudden Russian troops influx at Russia’s naval depot in Tartus in 2015 and Russian UAVs and military vehicles propping up Assad regime troops in the fighting close to Latakia, a strategic port to the north of Tartus.

Russian political journalist Konstantin von Eggert told Russian “Radio Liberty” Putin’s Syria gambit could seek rapprochement with the West via fighting Islamic State militants while at the same time saving Assad’s regime as part of the Middle Eastern geopolitical big game (a game that, just like in Ukraine, claims civilian lives by the hundreds). Von Eggert also suggests fighting ISIS could backfire due to terror attacks on Russia and Russia’s property all over the world. With Caucasus Jihadis pledging allegiance to ISIS, that prospect can quickly become terryfying.

You can read the full investigation of Russian involvement in Syria here.

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  • Dagwood Bumstead

    It’s merely a matter of time before Dwarfstan’s troops WILL be involved in the Syrian fighting. When that happens the demented dwarf will have to send a couple of mobile crematoria to Syria as well, to prevent his loyal subjects discovering that their fathers, sons, brothers, cousins, friends are being killed there just as they are being killed in the Donbas. Will the dwarf survive a second set of casualty figures, I wonder, especially if the losses start spiralling out of control?

  • Vol Ya

    Let putin send his soldiers down to Syria. He will find that the muslims there don’t play by any rules or war. We will see what the reaction in russia will be will be when the muslims start posting videos of russian soldiers begin decapitated. I wonder how the Russian population will feel about that.