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Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Putin Preparing To Start The Bombing In Syria?
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Stream: September 22, 2015
Publication: Putin in Syria
Russian Contract Soldiers Who Refused to Serve in Syria Could Face Treason Charges - Lawyer

The Daily Beast writes that according to three unnamed US officials, Russian combat operations in Syria are expected to start "soon."

That concession by U.S. officials of growing Russian influence marks a shift from previous statements by officials who said they weren’t sure whether Russia intended to use force in Syria and enter into the country’s long and brutal civil war. There already are early signs that Russia plans to target moderate forces that threaten the Assad regime, not the self-proclaimed Islamic State, which has been the focus of a year-long U.S.-led air campaign.

And yet, the recent Russian moves, which threaten to undermine U.S.-led efforts over the last year, were met with hardly a shrug in some circles in Washington.

“There are not discussions happening here about what this means for U.S. influence on the war against ISIS,” one defense official told The Daily Beast.

That’s despite the fact that some unverified online videos indicate that the opening phases of such operations may have already begun.




Russia to Start Bombing in Syria ASAP

Russian combat operations on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are likely to begin "soon," three U.S. officials told The Daily Beast. And Russian drone flights to spot targets for potential airstrikes are already underway. That concession by U.S.

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Sep 22, 2015 18:25 (GMT)
Yesterday, we reported that there continue to be signs that the Russian presence in Syria is building, particularly its air presence:

There are also signs that Russian drones are already flying in Syrian airspace. CNN reports:

Russia has started to fly unmanned aircraft over Syria in what appears to be surveillance operations over the country, two U.S. officials told CNN.

The officials were not able to confirm whether the drones were armed, or how many missions have been flown to date. The development was first reported by Reuters.

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To date, Russia has over 25 fighter and attack aircraft, 15 helicopters, nine tanks, three surface-to-air missile systems and at least 500 personnel on the ground in Syria, a U.S. official told CNN.



Russia launches drones in Syria - CNNPolitics.com

The officials were not able to confirm whether the drones were armed, or how many missions have been flown to date. The development was first reported by Reuters. The introduction of drones follows a buildup of Russian military equipment and personnel into Syria.

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Sep 22, 2015 18:32 (GMT)
-- James Miller