ISIS/ISIL conflict in Syria/Iraq (No OpEd, No Politics)

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    then, Nov 23, 2015
    ... but today in the morning I saw at Farsnews:

    URGENT: Syrian Army Withdraws from Parts of Homs Town of Maheen
    http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940919000286

    and most recently gazeta.ru quoted
    http://www.gazeta.ru/social/news/2015/12/10/n_7995623.shtml
    this:

    IS retakes key town in Homs province from Syrian forces
    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie...ME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-12-10-08-16-36
     
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    First airstrikes for Iraqi CH-4B UAV
    http://aerohisto.blogspot.fr/2015/12/first-airstrikes-for-iraqi-ch-4b-uav.html

     
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    yesterday
    ... and now the map showing, from right-bottom:
    • Khalsah ("Khalasah")
    • Zitan ("Zaytan)
    • Az Zerbah ("Zerbeh" on "edmaps") which was recently taken by the Government Forces according to several sources
    • the compound marked in red ("Industrial Area (Al Zerbah)") which was recently taken by the Government Forces (if I understood what I saw on Twitter)
    • "M5" (the road, marked thick yellow):
    [​IMG]
     
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    With also 12 Mi-24 and 4 Mi-8.
     
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    interestingly, a Red Russian blogger (where I found it)
    http://el-murid.livejournal.com/2611770.html
    pretty much concurs
    Putin's Quagmire in Syria Proves Obama Prescient
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...nt-on-syria-as-russia-faces-quagmire-ihzauuvr
     
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    I would suggest Master Jura that we examine the immediate past for clues to the future??? It seems that many here under-estimate or attempt to undermine Mr. Putin's very ambitious agenda. If we look at former Soviet Republic's Georgia, and the Ukraine, forces aligned with Mr. Putin now control the Crimea as an example, and many other "prime territories" in both of those countries??

    As we think back to the 60s and 70s the Soviet Union was very influential and active in the Middle East and Africa?? Mr. Putin has placed Russia in a very opportune position to re-establish many of those important alliances, in order to return Russia back to the center of the Universe, and her role as one of the three "Super Powers". If in fact Mr. Putin is able to "prop up" Mr. Assad?? and return him to power?? its a "win-win" scenario, and make no mistake, Mr. Putin is a firm disciple of the old adage-"To the Victor go the Spoils".

    Our own BHO is quite an encouragement for Mr. Putin to "step up", and defeating ISIL will be a badge of Honor, this in a battle that BHO simply can't force himself to engage in fully?

    It saddens me to reflect upon this sad truth? but unless we elect someone willing to engage on these very important battle-fronts, the power vacuum will continue to grow?
     
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    big story in Russian Internet right now is what's summarized by Reuters
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-m...tin-idUSKBN0TU1B020151211#owM0xMLiQJ0LM77h.97
    Putin says Russia backs Free Syrian Army alongside Assad troops
    here's the text right from the Kremlin:
    http://kremlin.ru/events/president/news/50913
    and not even "Cassad"
    http://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/2518371.html
    or "El Murid"
    http://el-murid.livejournal.com/2612917.html
    claimed the statements were "out of context" or something; Mr. Putin said what Reuters quoted above ("помощь в вооружении, боеприпасах и материальных средствах" for them, them being
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Syrian_Army
    from the same paragraph of his speech).
     
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    I've got the salt shaker out Jura. Let me know how many grains....
     
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    now I found
    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/1623077.html
    this official Russian graphics:
    [​IMG]
    summarizing the Russian involvement in Syria so far (during ten plus weeks, 214 thousand tons of cargo delivered, more than eight thousand targets destroyed, four thousand sorties flown) and I marvel at how it's relevant to what's going on the ground (and I've been spending maybe half of an hour, on average, daily during last about ten weeks trying to figure out the action there; does it sound as I'm fed up?)
     
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