Russian troops are now involved in combat inside Syria

Russian Tanks - Photo by Yana Amelina

Russian forces have begun participating in military operations in Syria in support of government troops, three Lebanese sources familiar with the political and military situation there said on Wednesday.

The sources, speaking to Reuters on condition they not be identified, gave the most forthright account yet from the region of what the United States fears is a deepening Russian military role in Syria’s civil war, though one of the Lebanese sources said the number of Russians involved so far was small.

U.S. officials said Russia sent two tank landing ships and additional cargo aircraft to Syria in the past day or so and deployed a small number of naval infantry forces.

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  1. This is about the stupidest move that Russia could ever make economically in the area.
    Russian Communists are basically agnostic officially. The government is the religion.
    Yet they are going into an area where this is considered to be straight from the Devil!
    How this works in countries that are basically firmly Muslim? I am not sure how that would work.
    I can see a military that wants to try out all their new toys in a place related to where it failed in the past.
    The nature of the opposition is hit and run.
    That means taking out expensive equipment and personnel then making a run for it before opposition with superior weapons can come to hit their positions.
    In mountainous areas that might work. Will it work in other areas? I simply do not know.
    Neither do they if they are being honest about it. That is the key. Being realistic and honest.
    If I were designing equipment to defeat the opposition in the area?
    I wouldn’t go with any kind of tank at all. Or combat helicopter
    I would go with light equipment that can go into any territory and hit fast and on the ground.
    I would go cheap.
    The last war was lost on logistics.
    Counting Vietnam, we lost on logistics.
    It becomes a matter of how big an investment you are willing to lose. Because the effective time a plan in war is likely to last is no more than about 10 minutes.
    With that in mind, I would go with half ton trucks with four wheel drive and 4 to 6 cylinder engines. I would go with small missiles capable of hitting fast and moving forwards and backwards.
    That means you are using vehicles that are worth approximately 40,000 per vehicle not a million or more.
    Armoring the cab against small arms fire might work.
    Putting heavy equipment into a field where it might get stuck down immediately does not work. Even if it does work for the industrial complex that is selling it.
    Whether we like it or not, logistics wins or loses wars.

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