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Old Oct 27th 2015, 01:07 PM
MeMyselfAndI MeMyselfAndI is offline
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The engagement in Syria, despite Russia, so far, avoiding actually sending it's men into battle on the ground there, well, regular men.

There is confirmed presence of Russian "volunteers" or "mercenaries" on the ground, like Maksim Vaganov, who fights with the Kurdish forces

His Instagram:

Boy is a veteran of Donbass, apparently, even has a DPR medal for fighting in Slavyansk. Also is former Russian Airborne, or "former", could be still in the ranks, certainly looks young enough. There is a pic of him meeting the commander of the Airborne, general Vladimir Shamanov (that guy who looks like William Shatner from Star Trek, the current old and fat Shatner, not the young 1960s one lol)

I have also found a certain Ali Aliev, Russian citizen from Dagestan, fighting with the Peshmerga in Iraq

His Facebook:

There is information about three Russian volunteers, so far, who have been martyred in Syria, though they were all fighting with Syrian government forces, not Kurdish militia.

Anyway, despite not having any "official" ground engagement yet, the Russian defense industry is already being tested in ways it hasn't been in many years.

The big missile factory of the "Strategic Rocket Arms Corporation" in Korolyov, near Moscow

has switched to a three shift 24 hour operation, to increase output, and other bomb and missile makers also had to ramp up production, to constantly meet the demand of the Air Force for more and more munitions to drop on whoever they are dropping them on in Syria

The Navy, meanwhile, has purchased 8 transport ships from Turkey, as well as requisitioned civilian cargo ships from Russian companies, to constantly ferry those bombs and missiles and other supplies from Russia to Syria. Even the huge Antonov planes of the Air Force are not enough for it, apparently.

This is a first such military adventure for Russia in a very long time. Certainly will be interesting to see if our MIC, as well as the military itself, will be up to the task.

So far, they do seem to be making a nice difference there.

The Syrian Arab Army’s 45th Regiment of the 1st Armored Division – in coordination with the National Defense Forces of Joureen and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) – have been immersed in a violent battle with the Islamist rebels of “Jaysh Al-Fateh” (Army of Conquest) at the town of Al-Mansoura inside the Al-Ghaab Plains, where the Syrian Armed Forces are attempting to recapture a large chunk of territory they lost to the aforementioned Islamist group.

On Sunday morning, the Syrian Arab Army and the National Defense Forces were able to repel Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham’s (Jaysh Al-Fateh’s largest faction) three day long assault on the Al-Mansoura Grain Silos after a series of intense firefights that ended with the Islamist rebels retreating to the southern perimeter of Al-Mansoura.

Following the Syrian Armed Forces’ success at the Al-Mansoura Grain Silos, the Syrian Arab Army’s 45th Regiment carried out an assault on Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham’s defenses at Al-Mansoura’s southern perimeter, resulting in a violent exchange between the two parties before the Russian Air Force’s MI-24 Helicopter Gunships entered the battle.

The Russian Air Force’s choppers and fighter jets pounded Jaysh Al-Fateh’s positions at Al-Mansoura, Al-Ziyarah, Al-Sirmaniyah, Al-Ghaniyah, Jisr Al-Shughour, and Al-Frikka, killing scores of enemy combatants and destroying several armored vehicles.

Finally, after the Russian Air Force fractured Jaysh Al-Fateh’s frontline defenses at Al-Mansoura, the Syrian Armed Forces were able to clear the aforementioned town and impose full control of it before nightfall on Sunday.

Mi-24 "working" in Syria

Back on the base in Latakia, getting loaded up with ammo

I pray for those helicopter crews

They are a lot more vulnerable than the jets...

Russia's intervention is, apparently, pushing all jihadists together, ISIS and "moderates":

Today, meanwhile, Russian soldier from an Air Force ground support unit on the Latakia base died under mysterious circumstances, first it was said to be an accident, now - suicide. As always, with Putin's secrecy regarding military casualties, we will likely never know what really happened.

Pt. Vadim Kostenko

May his soul find peace in the Kingdom of God...

Also, Russia is apparently sending spec ops forces to Syria:

Russia has sent a few dozen special-operations troops to Syria in recent weeks, Russian and Western officials say, redeploying the elite units from Ukraine as the Kremlin shifts its focus to supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia in late September launched a campaign of airstrikes in support of Mr. Assad’s government, and President Vladimir Putin has said Russian troops won't play a role in ground combat. But Russian military experts and officials say small numbers of special-forces units—whose missions are rarely acknowledged publicly—are also on the ground in Syria.

“The special forces were pulled out of Ukraine and sent to Syria,“ a Russian Ministry of Defense official said, adding that they had been serving in territories in eastern Ukraine held by pro-Russia rebels. The official described them as “akin to a Delta Force,” the U.S. Army’s elite counterterrorism unit.

A senior Western official also said a contingent of elite Russian forces was on the ground in Syria from eastern Ukraine. A U.S. defense official said one of their roles is to provide coordination between Syrian troops and Russian aircraft conducting airstrikes in support of the regime’s ground offensive.

Russia’s Defense Ministry declined to comment on the claims. It has said that some of its military specialists are helping to advise and train Syrian government forces on the Russian-made hardware they are getting.

The Russian ministry official said the assets sent to Syria in recent weeks include the Zaslon unit, trained to protect diplomatic assets and personnel. Nearly two dozen Russian military-intelligence officers are also on site to liaise with Mr. Assad’s military intelligence, the official said.

Robert Lee, a visiting scholar at Moscow-based defense industry think tank CAST, said boots on the ground could also improve the accuracy of airstrikes. “The use of forward ground troops to draw fire from enemy positions makes the use of air power much more effective,” he said.

Moscow has a long-standing military relationship with Damascus, and some Russian special forces were present in Syria even before the air campaign began Sept. 30. Those were concentrated near Tartus where Russia has a naval installation.
Russia said to redeploy special-ops forces from Ukraine to Syria | Fox News

Members of "Zaslon" (which works, btw, not for the military, but for SVR, Foreign Intelligence Service, Russian CIA) escort Minister of Foreign Affairs Lavrov and the Russian ambassador, in Iraq

This unit is so secretive, this is literally the only photo of them anybody could find. Bloody spooks... Wonder what they will be up to in there...

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