Russia’s military intervention in Syria has found another supporter in China as it plans to deploy Shenyang J-15, a carrier-based fighter aircraft in Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin has also sent in his most ruthless troops, the Spetsnaz or the Special Purpose Soldiers.
According to military and intelligence sources who have spoken with Jerusalem-based news site DEBKAfile, China has already given its commitment to Russia of sending its J-15 warplanes to Syria. If the report is true, this is going to be a milestone for the Chinese military for two reasons: it is going to be China’s first military involvement in the Middle East and J-15 first participation in actual war.
Aside from China, Mr. Putin’s most ferocious of troops had already been deployed in Syria. The Mirror understood that the Spetsnaz will be fighting on the ground against the ISIS and all terrorist organizations, including the U.S.-backed oppositions and the Free Syrian Army.
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While Russian marines are guarding Russia’s airbases in Syria, the Spetsnaz were deployed to mop up after airstrikes, call in these strikes and to practically conduct extremely covert missions to ultimately wipe out terrorists, intelligence sources revealed to The Mirror. The sources described the Spetsnaz troop as extremely aggressive and highly trained.
“They will not be as accountable as British or US special forces. They are there for one reason, to wipe out anyone threatening Assad. By any means,” the sources said.
The situation in Syria is complicated and ripe with tensions among the participants. The U.S. and Russia relations had been worse since the Ukraine crisis erupted. The two nations had been avoiding direct confrontation since; but the minute Russia joined the fight against ISIS in support of president Bashar al-Assad, miscalculations are imminent. With Russia pulverizing all terrorist organizations fighting Mr. Assad, including CIA-trained Syria oppositions, the situation in Syria is tantamount in saying that Russia and U.S. are the ones pitted against each other in the region. The U.S. has its ally countries participating in its fight in the region. Russia now has China, Iraq, Iran and Hezbollah’s support.
Russia continues to pound on terrorist targets in Syria. On Oct. 5, Russia’s Ministry Of Defense announced its Su-34, Su-24 and Su-25 aircraft performed 15 combat sorties from the Hmeymim airbase during daytime. The aircraft were able to engaged ten terrorist facilities, including an HQ and a command center of the ISIS. In the nighttime, Russia performed twenty-five air sorties, engaging nine ISIS facilities.
The Ministry of Defense also clarified reports saying it invaded the Turkish air space on Oct. 3. The Ministry admitted that an Su-30 aircraft maneuvered for several seconds into Turkey’s air space. The Ministry explained that its Hmeymim airbase is located 30 km from the Syrian-Turkish border.
“Under certain climate conditions, the approach is carried out from the north. That is why this occurrence is the consequence of unfavorable weather conditions in this region. There are no conspiratorial reasons to look for,” the Ministry said in a statement.
“As to the information concerning the pursuit of Turkish aircraft by an unidentified MiG-29 fighter – it has no relevance to the Russian air grouping. There is no aircraft of such type at the Hmeymim airbase,” the Ministry added.
Both U.S. and Russia expressed desires to work together in defeating the ISIS. However, each of them has set their own conditions before a partnership could be formed.
Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov called for U.S. and its allies to directly communicate with them and not with the media. “We strongly believe that nobody could fight terrorism alone. No matter how the United States, Great Britain, Germany and NATO are powerful, there is no doubt that these countries will not be able to eliminate the common threat by themselves. That is why we are appealing for the wide international cooperation,” Antonov said in a statement.
President Barack Obama has also expressed willingness to work with Russia against the ISIS but first, Mr. Assad must go. “I said to Mr. Putin that I’d be prepared to work with him if he is willing to broker with his partners, Mr. Assad and Iran, a political transition – we can bring the rest of the world community to a brokered solution,” Mr Obama told press on Oct. 2.
“We’re prepared to work with the Russians and the Iranians, as well as our partners who are part of the anti-ISIL coalition, to come up with that political transition,” Mr. Obama reiterated.
“And nobody pretends that it’s going to be easy, but I think it is still possible,” he said.