Russia in Syria
“It looks like he stepped out for a smoke, and then something happened.”
The reputed appearance of two new stealth Su-57 fighter jets comes at crucial time for Russian forces in Syria.
Russian mercenaries suffered up to 300 casualties as a result of U.S. airstrikes against pro-Assad forces last week, now Putin’s opponents have seized on the issue to hammer him.
In six months in Syria, the Russians have shown the world that they can fight far from home, win, and then do it again. There's only one problem: It's a very, very expensive thing to do.
The newest allies of the US are battling the old ones, Russia keeps bombing, the regime's army advances, and the Islamic State sits back while its enemies kill one another.
With Russia and Iran's help, the regime is laying siege to key towns in the areas where most of the Syrian people and economy are. That's good for Assad, and bad for the rebels.
Russia says a soldier hanged himself at a Syrian airbase over a fight with his girlfriend, but his family doesn't buy it.