Russia is constructing a military base in the Syrian port city of Latakia, U.S. intelligence officials said last week, raising alarm about the country’s increasing support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.You can rip up the plan to topple Assad.
The Telegraph reports:
The anonymous officials say Russia has set up an air traffic control tower and transported prefabricated housing units for up to 1,000 personnel to an airfield serving the Syrian port city of Latakia. Russia has also requested the rights to fly over neighboring countries with military cargo aircraft during September, according to the reports.
Such activity is evidence that Russia may be increasing its involvement in the Syrian civil war. Russia has been backing the Assad regime by providing Syria with financial help, intelligence, advisers, and weapons.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration has stood on the side of the Syrian rebels fighting the regime. On Friday, President Obama and Saudi Arabian King Salman emphasized that the settling of conflict in Syria will only be possible in the wake of an end to the Assad regime.
Amid the reports of Russian action in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry called his counterpart in Russia, Sergey V. Lavrov, Saturday to warn against bolstering military assistance to Syria.
“The secretary made clear that if such reports were accurate, these actions could further escalate the conflict, lead to greater loss of innocent life, increase refugee flows and risk confrontation with the anti-ISIL coalition operating in Syria,” the State Department said in a statement.
It ain't happening.
Additionally you can scrap the idea of destroying ISIS....at least in the near term. Assad will lead a much smaller Syria, ISIS will have portions of Iraq/Syria, the Kurds will probably be able to carve out a small homeland...and we will see this whole thing die down.
At least until the next war.
The current crop of military leaders (because they've remained silent and did not state the dangers of not responding with a sense of urgency) along with the President/Administration will go down as having failed the nation and the Middle East.
Assad will remain in power and ISIS will live. The Caliphate is small, but it's here. The Islamic end days prophecy has the first piece in place.