What Russia Accomplished in Syria

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What Russia Accomplished in Syria
by Stephen Lendman
Russian intervention turned the tide of battle, preserving Syrian sovereign independence and territorial integrity – preventing its takeover by US supported ISIS and other terrorist groups.
War is far from over. It continues raging. It could stay low-level for years. Nothing in prospect suggests resolution any time soon.
Syrian battlefield successes are attributable to enhanced military strength and renewed spirit. A scaled-down Russian presence continues targeting terrorist elements as needed.
On Tuesday, its warplanes targeted Turkish supported terrorists entering northern Syria from its territory, destroying or scattering their convoy of vehicles. Syrian warplanes followed with their own strikes, maintaining heavy pressure. 
Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu explained Russia’s successful five-and-a-half month anti-terrorism campaign, far exceeding the expectations of most observers, showing Moscow’s military might and strategic capabilities are forces to be reckoned with.
Meeting with Putin on Monday, Shoigu said “(b)acked by our aviation, Syrian forces have freed 400 populated areas and over 10,000 km of territories.”
ISIS and other terrorist groups were routed from Latakia province. Most of Aleppo is liberated.
War damaged or destroyed all six UNESCO heritage sites, including Palmyra, described as an “oasis in the Syrian desert.” Oil and gas fields near the city were retaken.
Military action to free sites still controlled by terrorists continues. Hama and Homs provinces are largely liberated.
Beginning on September 30, Russian warplanes conducted over 9,000 sorties, routing terrorist forces, destroying their weapons, command and control centers, underground bunkers, much of ISIS’ oil producing capability, thousands of oil delivery vehicles, and the will of US imported death squads to keep fighting.
According to Shoigu, “terrorists’ resources’ provisions has been largely cut.” Oil transport and main weapons routes with Turkey were blocked.
Dozens of Russian drones continue operating in Syrian airspace, gathering intelligence, monitoring conditions on the ground. Satellite surveillance continues.
A classified NATO report called Russia’s campaign “efficient (and) accurate,” its military capability formidable.
According to Russian Aerospace Forces commander General Viktor Bondaryov, Syrian and allied forces are strong enough to successfully conduct anti-terrorism operations on their own going forward.
Scaled-down Russian air support will continue as needed. Russian pilots accomplished their mission with distinction. “Not a single bombing raid missed the(ir) (intended) target(s),” Bondaryov stressed, refuting Western propaganda claiming otherwise.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.