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When Russia decided to intervene in Syria, the hard-working staff at Spoiler Alerts wrote the following: “Great powers always look the most powerful when they announce expanded activity in a region. It’s what happens next that matters.”
That was more than two months ago. How do things look now for Putin’s Syrian adventure? On the surface, the answer would seem to be “not well.” The facts on the ground are:
Syrian government forces haven’t made any appreciable territorial gains;
A Russian civilian airliner was destroyed in Egypt in retaliation;
A Russian fighter was shot down by Turkey and Russian-Turkish relations have deteriorated badly;
A Russian helicopter was shot down trying to rescue a Russian pilot shot down by Turkey.
Russia initially earmarked just $1.2 billion for the war for all of 2016, an official familiar with the matter said. Outlays were running at about $4 million a day before Putin’s mid-November surge in troops and hardware, which doubled the cost to $8 million, or almost $3 billion on an annualized basis, according to the Royal United Services Institute, or RUSI, a military research group based in London….
While Syrian forces backed by Russian firepower have had some successes, such as breaking Islamic State’s two-year siege of a strategic air base near Aleppo, Putin is only now starting to realize that he can’t defeat the group through air power alone, said Anton Lavrov, a Russian military analyst.
Personally I think we have no choice but to launch a united ground offensive against ISIS and then once done, we get the hell out and stay out.
Sanction the US,Russia,China,UK,France,Saudi Arabia,Turkey,Kuwait,Qatar,UAE, and Pakistan.
Freeze their assets. Boycott the lot of them or
originally posted by: Southern Guardian
I'm speechless. Neo is this your solution?? And how do we cope economically and diplomatically in sanctioning our closest allies???
Personally I think we have no choice but to launch a united ground offensive against ISIS and then once done, we get the hell out and stay out. ISIS will not go away with just bombings and light scattered special forces.