A few days after President Putin called on the international community at the UN General Assembly to join efforts to fight against the terrorists in Syria, Russian aircrafts went into action by conducting their first strikes against terrorists of the Islamic state (ISIS / Daesh) in Syria.
After meeting with US President Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin announced that Russia was thinking of a way to help the legitimate Syrian power and was willing to consider a military expedition if Damascus issued the request. This has now been executed. The spokesman of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Igor Konachenkov confirmed this.
“Air raids had targeted military equipment, communication centers, vehicles, weapons and fuel depots belonging to members of the terrorist organization.”
He said that the bombing campaign was limited in time, without specifying neither the time nor the details, such as its duration or the number of combat aircrafts engaged. It seems that air strikes will be coordinated from the joint military communications center based in Iraq and created by Moscow, Damascus, Baghdad and Tehran.
Moreover, a Syrian security source said that “the Russian aviation, in cooperation with the Syrian army, had conducted several raids against terrorist positions in Hama, Homs and Latakia” in the northwest and central regions of the countrie.
Hours before the aviation commitment, the upper house of the Russian Parliament unanimously voted to give formal authorization to President Putin to commit the armed forces to fight in Syria against terrorism, after his Syrian counterpart Assad made a written request agreeing to the military aid.
Russia is the only country that does this on a legitimate basis, in full respect of international law.
The request to initiate the armed forces was also motivated by the a large presence of citizens of the Russian Federation in Syria who have joined terrorist groups that could threaten national security if returned to the country.
The head of the Russian presidential administration Sergei Ivanov said the agreement only involved airstrikes, thus excluding the commitment of ground troops, at least for now.
Western reactions were quick, starting with the US representatives who indicated to Reuters that Moscow had given notice an hour before the start of its operations to Washington, which has pushed the US Secretary of State John Kerry to call his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to complain. The Russian authorities have also urged the US to empty Syrian airspace during the operation.
A US defense official, meanwhile, said that the strikes did not target the Islamic State group, but the opposition to the regime of Bashar al-Assad, even though the White House considered that it was “too early” to determine what the targets were.
As might be expected, an intense media campaign was launched against Russia via many Western and regional media stating that the Russian military operation was making civilians dead and that the shelling targeted the democratic forces and aimed more for maintaining Assad that is fighting ISIS.
The Anti-Zionist Party welcomes the Russian military intervention in support of the Syrian army against the terrorists of the Islamic state that brought the country to its knees, with the help of Western powers.
The fight against takfiris now takes on a new dimension thanks to Russia, which, unlike the USA and their allies, shows a real willingness to end the actions of these terrorist groups created and supported by the US / Israel.
The Anti-Zionist Party hopes that the intervention of Russia, which is the latest country to have engaged in this conflict, will be the prelude to an early settlement of the Syrian tragedy that drove millions of people on the roads and claimed thousands of victims.
Hope remains that all these traffic jams in the Syrian sky do not create incidents that can escalate into a much wider conflict, with disastrous consequences for humanity ……
President of Anti-Zionist Party