Russian military mission in Syria brings history full circle

Frame grab shows pilots of the Russian air force saluting near a military jet before a sortie at the Hmeymim air baseBy Maria Tsvetkova, Christian Lowe and Olga Dzyubenko MOSCOW/BISHKEK (Reuters) – Valery Anisimov and his fellow Russian servicemen were smuggled out of the Black Sea hiding below the decks of their ship, they grew their hair long so they could pass as tourists, then landed at a Syrian port to join up with government military units. As Anisimov’s story shows, even if Russia’s entry into the Syrian conflict may have caught Western countries off guard, it is the continuation of a long history of involvement in the Middle East. “We moved away from supporting the Arabs,” said Pogos Akopov, a retired diplomat who served as Soviet ambassador to Egypt, Libya and Kuwait.

Powered by WPeMatico

Related Posts

  • Russia says to step up air strikes in Syria3 October, 2015 Russia says to step up air strikes in Syria By Alexander Winning and Suleiman Al-Khalidi MOSCOW/AMMAN (Reuters) - Russia said on Saturday it will step up air strikes in Syria, escalating a military intervention which Moscow says is weakening Islamic State militants but which Western powers say aims to support President Bashar […]
  • U.S., Russia sign memo to avoid clashes in air over Syria21 October, 2015 U.S., Russia sign memo to avoid clashes in air over Syria By Idrees Ali and David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. and Russian military officials signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday that includes steps their pilots should take to avoid an inadvertent clash over Syria as they carry out separate air strikes against militant […]
  • Russia's Syria force grows to 4,000, U.S. officials say4 November, 2015 Russia's Syria force grows to 4,000, U.S. officials say By Jonathan Landay, Phil Stewart and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Moscow's military force in Syria has grown to about 4,000 personnel, but this and more than a month of Russian air strikes have not led to pro-government forces making significant territorial gains, U.S. security […]
  • Russia confounds US with Syria military moves2 October, 2015 Russia confounds US with Syria military moves NEW YORK (AP) — Now, 1,506 days since the Obama administration first declared that Syrian President Bashar Assad's "days are numbered," he's still there, and a convergence of Western trepidation and Russian resolve could strengthen his position further. But it also could set the […]
  • Scores killed by air strikes in northern Syria24 October, 2015 Scores killed by air strikes in northern Syria Russian and Syrian jets have been heavily bombing northern cities as battles intensify between several factions.Powered by WPeMatico