Tag "Russian military intervention in Syria"

Week Fifteen of the Russian Intervention in Syria: when no news is good news

This column was written for the Unz Review: http://www.unz.com/tsaker/week-fifteen-of-the-russian-intervention-in-syria-when-no-news-is-good-news/ We could say that the Russian intervention in Syria has settled into somewhat of a routine: the Russians are bombing, a lot, and the Syrians are advancing on almost all fronts, but slowly. While those who expected a rapid collapse of Daesh followed by a series of major government victories might be disappointed, I am personally rather encouraged by these events.

Week Thirteen of the Russian Intervention in Syria: debunking the lies

This column was written for the Unz Review: http://www.unz.com/tsaker/week-thirteen-of-the-russian-intervention-in-syria-debunking-the-lies/ Ever since the first rumors began to circulate about an impending Russian military intervention in Syria the Internet and the media have been flooded with all sorts of silly rumors, myths and outright lies about what could/would happen. These rumors, myths and outright lies are still being spread today, and not only by pro-US interest groups, but even by supposedly pro-Russian

Technology SITREP: How Russian engineering made the current operation in Syria possible

The pace and effectiveness of the Russian Air Force (well, technically they are now called AirSpace Forces or ASF so I will refer to them as RASF from now on) has the western military experts in shock.  Not only are the number of sorties per day about 3 times as much as a US or NATO country could achieve, but the Russian airstrikes are amazingly accurate even though the Russians

Week Eleven of the Russian Intervention in Syria: a step back from the brink?

This article was originally written for the Unz Review: http://www.unz.com/tsaker/week-eleven-of-the-russian-intervention-in-syria-a-step-back-from-the-brink This has been an amazing week. While last week I concluded that “The only way to avoid a war is to finally give up, even if that is initially denied publicly, on the “Assad must go” policy”. Now it is true that various US officials, including Kerry, did make statements about the fact that Assad need not go right now,

Week Ten of the Russian Intervention in Syria: the “Assad must go” policy leads to war with Russia, Iran and Hezbollah

This column was written for the Unz Review: http://www.unz.com/tsaker/week-ten-of-the-russian-intervention-in-syria-the-assad-must-go-policy-leads-to-war-with-russia-iran-and-hezbollah/ The “news” that Israel and Turkey are systematically violating international law is hardly news at all. After all, we all know that Turkey has been regularly bombing the Kurds in Iraq and Syria, that Turkey still illegally occupies northern Cyprus just like the Israelis have been bombing Syria and Lebanon for decades and that they are still illegally occupying Palestine. The

Week Nine of the Russian Intervention in Syria: the Empire strikes back

This column was written for the Unz Review: http://www.unz.com/tsaker/week-nine-of-the-russian-intervention-in-syria-the-empire-strikes-back/ Considering the remarkable success of the Russian intervention in Syria, at least so far, it should not have come as a surprise that the AngloZionist Empire would strike back. The only question was how and when. We now know the answer to that question. On November 24th the Turkish Air force did something absolutely unprecedented in recent history: it deliberately shot

Week Seven of the Russian Intervention in Syria: dramatic surge in intensity

[Personal comment by the Saker: it turns out that working and thinking about issues other than my personal circumstances right now has been very helpful and, to my own amazement, I have produced a rather lengthy analysis of the seventh week of the Russian intervention in Syria.  I had thought that I would not be able to write 3 lines, and I ended up penning a 7000+ word long essay. 

Russia dramatically increases her anti-Daesh operations

Just has I had been predicting for a couple of weeks, Russia did dramatically increase the pace of her anti-Daesh operations. First, Russia has used all her most powerful long-range aviation bombers (Tu-22M3, Tu-95MC and even Tu-160) to strike Daesh targets with cruise missiles and gravity bombs.  Look at this footage which really says it all: Second, Russia has announced that 25 long range bombers will be fully allocated to

Russia deploys S-400 in Syria (UPDATED)

Yup.  I heard the rumor earlier today but I wanted a wait a little to get a confirmation.  Cassad (whom I trust) has just confirmed: Russia has deployed S-400s in Syria: The western “response”? Total panic: Good. Let them panic. The Saker UPDATE: The Russians are now denying these reports.  I go with Cassad.

Russia’s intervention in Syria – a reality-based evaluation

It has been over one month since the Russians launched their military and political operation in Syria and the time for hyperbole and flag waving has clearly passed.  Gone are the “most anticipated showdown in recent history” along with rumors of MiG-31s, Russian paratroopers, “thousands” of military personnel, ballistic submarines and other such nonsense.   And, contrary to what some wrote, none of what happened was “coordinated with the White House”. 

Week Four of the Russian Intervention in Syria: assessing the Vienna declaration

I would argue that, at least so far, Russia has achieved many important goal in her intervention in Syria.  Most importantly, the Russian intervention in Syria forced the USA to agree to a conference in which all the regional actors, including Iran, would be invited.  At the end of its proceedings the conference adopted a joint statement which I have fully reposted here: http://thesaker.is/joint-statement-final-declaration-on-the-results-of-the-syria-talks-in-vienna-as-agreed-by-participants/ I believe that this statement represents

Week Three of the Russian Intervention in Syria: The return of diplomacy

This column was originally written for the Unz Review: http://www.unz.com/tsaker/week-three-of-the-russian-intervention-in-syria/ The end of international law and diplomacy The end of the Cold War was welcomed as a new era of peace and security in which swords would be transformed into plows, former enemies into friends, and the world would witness a new dawn of universal love, peace and happiness. Of course, none of that happened. What happened is that the

Interview with Colonel General Andrey Kartapolov: Russia may have a military base in Syria. It will be sea, air, and ground

Source: http://www.kp.ru/daily/26446/3316981/ Colonel General Andrey Kartapolov: Russia may have a military base in Syria. It will be sea, air, and ground . October 16, 2015 Author Victor Baranets Translated by Carpatho-Russian Our military observer Victor Baranets talked with the Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff, who is directing the operation in Syria. Nearly 90 years ago, the outstanding military theorist and practitioner, Marshal of the Soviet

Week Two of the Russian Military Intervention in Syria Options for Daesh, the Empire and Russia

This column was originally written for the Unz Review: http://www.unz.com/tsaker/week-two-of-the-russian-military-intervention-in-syria/ The Russian offensive in Syria is still very much in full swing and it is hard to make sense of what is really happening or how effective it has been. According to the Syrians, 40% of all the infrastructure of “Daesh” (meaning ISIS+al-Qaeda+all the hundreds of smaller groups fighting together against the Syrian government) has been destroyed. Russian sources are