The new Russian battlefront just happened to be a territory in which
American-led Western forces were already operating. The United States
was also funding and supplying anti-Assad militias far removed from the
theater of operations in which ISIS was functional. That was revealed to
the world only when Russian forces targeted and destroyed the CIA-trained weapon depots
that had supplied them. The presence of Russian and American forces in
the same theater, with both nations shooting at the other’s proxies on
the ground and harassing each other in the skies, sparked an acute
Contrary to the confident pronouncements of the Kremlin’s Western
parrots, Moscow’s only goal was to prop up the ailing Assad regime. Why
Russian forces would attack ISIS, which Damascus has funded and nurtured that insurgency in order to keep more moderate anti-regime rebels busy.
The Daily Best Pentagon Correspondent Nancy Youssef revealed on Thursday
that U.S.-backed rebel forces on the ground in Syria are collapsing
under withering assault from Russian-led forces. “Russian strikes have
hit numerous hospitals and routes used by the more moderate opposition,”
Youssef reported. Under Russian pressure, anti-regime militias in the
rebel stronghold of Aleppo have started to collapse.
objective at the start of its campaign in Syria were to secure the
faltering Assad regime and protect its Mediterranean port in Tartus,
Moscow has been wildly successful. In the process of securing its
interests, Russia also managed to win an agreement with the United
States aimed at “de-confliction”–e.g. carving out operating zones so
that American and Russian asset didn’t accidently start shooting at one
another—legitimizing its presence in Syria.
Meanwhile, America has begun
panic betting in Syria and now has up to 250 Special Forces operators
fighting alongside its proxy forces on the ground. With no clear
metrics for success but many for failure, the United States finds itself
aimlessly escalating a conflict it cannot afford to lose but has no
interest in winning.