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19-09-2015, 19:09
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Satellite imagery provided by AllSource Analysis confirms the recent arrival of Russian main battle tanks, armored personnel carriers, helicopters, and other military equipment at an airbase in Syria’s coastal Latakia province, indicating that Russia has deployed troops inside Syria. Concurrent military exercises inside Russia with the stated mission of training for long-range deployments of airborne troops suggest that Russia may intend to deploy additional forces, possibly further inside Syria. AllSource Analysis imagery of Taganrog Central airbase just east of the Ukrainian border from September 12 shows
airborne troops rolling parachutes along a runway along with vehicles and tents more likely configured for sustained operations than for exercises or snap inspections. Russian President Vladimir Putin is seeking ways to support the Assad regime, to thwart a possible buffer zone established by the United States and Turkey, and to embarrass the United States by positioning Russia as the leader of a new international anti-ISIS coalition. Russian mobilization may protect the Assad regime from rapid collapse, but it may also cause greater radicalization among the Syrian opposition. The Russian deployment to Syria is game-changing. It will alter the nature of international negotiations, compromise and weaken the cohesion and efforts of the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition, strengthen the Assad regime, and initiate direct Russo-Iranian military operations (suggesting the creation of a de facto Russo-Iranian military coalition, at least in Syria) for the first time. The U.S. and its partners must fundamentally reassess their approach to the Syrian conflict in light of this critical inflection.
20-09-2015, 19:45
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Top general: Only a handful of US-trained Syrian fighters remain in battle against IS
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Republicans and Democrats lambasted the Obama administration's strategy to combat the Islamic State group after a top U.S. general admitted that just a handful of U.S.-trained Syrian rebels are still on the battlefield fighting the militants.

The four or five fighters still engaged in the campaign is astonishingly short of the U.S. goal to train and equip 5,400 rebels a year at a cost of $500 million.

"That's a joke," said Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said: "We have to acknowledge this is a total failure. I wish it weren't so, but that's the fact."

After the first 54 were sent in to fight in July, a Syrian affiliate of al-Qaida attacked the group, killing several and taking others hostage while many fled. Asked how many remain, Gen. Lloyd Austin, commander of U.S. Centcom, which oversees the war effort, told the Senate Armed Services Committee: "It's a small number. ... We're talking four or five."

Christine Wormuth, undersecretary of defense for policy, said the U.S. currently was training more than 100 fighters, then later in her testimony said more specifically the number was between 100 and 120.

"If we get to the end of the year with us bragging about the difference between a 100 and a 120, it's time for a new plan," said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

Pentagon: US considering ways to fix flaws in program for training and equipping Syrian rebels
24-10-2015, 03:00
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USAF deploys A-10s to Incirlik for Syria strikes

Nicholas de Larrinaga, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
22 October 2015

US Air Force Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II ground attack aircraft at Incerlik air base in Turkey. Source: USAF

The United States has deployed 12 Fairchild-Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II ground attack aircraft to Incirlik Air Base in Turkey to support its strikes in Syria and Iraq.

The US Air Force (USAF) revealed the deployment on 22 October, although the aircraft arrived at Incirlik on 15 October.

The A-10s, from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, are reportedly replacing the six Lockheed Martin F-16Cs that the USAF deployed to Incerlik from Italy in August. The A-10s have already flown combat missions over Syria and are supported by 300 ground personnel.

The deployment is not the first time A-10s have participated in Operation 'Inherent Resolve', as the US terms its strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In November 2014 the USAF deployed A-10s to Ahmed al-Jabr Air Base in Kuwait to support the operation.

In related news, the USAF announced on 21 October that one of its General Atomics MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which are also operated out of Incirlik, had suffered a mechanical failure and crashed in southern Turkey on 19 October. Another USAF MQ-1 is also reported to have crashed near Al-Kut in Iraq on 17 October[PMP]_PC5308_J360%2023.10.15%20_KV_Deployment&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua


18-11-2015, 21:47
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The Shia jihad and the death of Syria’s army
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“One important thing to realise is that there is no Syrian Army anymore, it is just militias, mostly Iranians and Lebanese.”

Composition of armed forces

Division 9 is the largest and most important military force for Assad in southern Syria. It houses the only tank division, and has around 4,000 troops within four brigades. However, most of the troops within the division are now non-Syrians: “Without the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Lebanese Hezbollah the army could not stand up. Seventy percent of the troops in Division 9 are Iranian troops or Lebanese Hezbollah, the rest are shabiha. Only two to three percent are regular Syrian soldiers,” Khaled said.

Shabiha is the name for the Alawite paramilitary force known for its brutality and sectarian nature. Khaled described the dynamics between these different fighting elements: “The Iranians and Hezollah are not under the control of the Syrian Army, the exact opposite.” He described how troops were organised and deployed: “Ten high-ranking Iranian officers control the division, they plan the operations. Only Iranian or Hezbollah forces can access operations rooms, no Syrian soldiers are allowed in."

For battles, groups of 50 fighters are deployed: 15 IRGC, 15 Hezbollah, 20 Syrians, the majority of which are shabiha. Within battles the hierarchy is clear: the commander is an Iranian IRGC officer and his deputy will be a Hezbollah officer, according to Khaled.
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