Jerusalem—Russia has sent ground forces into battle for the first time in Syria,according to Kuwait daily, al-Rai.Here.
The troops drove rebel forces from strategic positions, said the newspaper, which is close to the Damascus regime. It did not say when the troops went into action and there was no mention of casualties. The Russians are not known to have sizable forces in Syria but a small number of tanks have been seen.
Until now, Russia has confined itself to strikes by aircraft and cruise missiles against rebel forces and the Islamic State in Syria.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week in a meeting with military officials that they must prepare for the next stage of the battle.
“Our objectives are being fulfilled and fulfilled well,” he said, according to the RIA Novosti news agency. “But for now that is not enough to cleanse Syria of rebels and terrorists and to protect Russians from possible terrorist attacks. The military campaign has not achieved enough and a next phase is needed.”
Everyone forgets the 800 pound gorilla in the room when it comes to Russia/US relations.
Putin can't stand Obama and vice versa.
With every move that Obama makes, Putin counters. It makes sense tactically and diplomatically. It shows that Russia is willing to put "skin in the game" when it comes to supporting allies.
But I also get the sense that Putin also likes the idea of tweaking Obama....I can't explain it but I feel like he gets enjoyment from humiliating him.
This went from being interesting to fascinating. Forget popcorn. Put some burgers on the grill and roll the lazy-boy outside. We're about to see a show.