As the Russian drawdown from Syria continues, more information continues to emerge about the forces Moscow had committed to shoring up the Assad regime. One telling aspect is how involved Russia’s Spetsnaz special forces were in the deployment. They were involved in two of their three core missions — reconnaissance and special security missions — but not the third, direct combat operations. The implication is that from the outset of the deployment, Moscow planned to minimize its exposure in this messy and bloody war.
Russian & Eurasian Politics by Gordon M. Hahn The February Snipers’ Massacre: Introduction On February 18-20th there was a major escalation of the violence, ending in a massacre on the […]