Russia’s Syria campaign has defined its war in Ukraine - analysis

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Russia’s Syria campaign has defined its war in Ukraine - analysis
In 2015, the US noted that Russia was actually bombing Syrian rebels opposed to the Assad regime, not ISIS. In the end it didn’t matter because Russia plowed ahead.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Published: MARCH 3, 2022

Russia launched a military intervention in 2015, soon after the Russian-backed separatist war in Ukraine ground to a halt. On September 30, Russia’s parliament approved a request by President Vladimir Putin to launch airstrikes in Syria, BBC reported at the time. “Within hours, the country’s first intervention in the Middle East in decades began,” the BBC said

During the opening stages of Russia’s intervention in Syria, Vladimir Putin said that Russia was acting “preventively, to fight and destroy militants and terrorists on the territories that they already occupy, not wait for them to come to our house.” Russia claimed to be targeting ISIS.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov later admitted that Russia was actually bombing whoever it defined as “terrorists.” It had taken this concept of a “war on terror” from the US war on terror launched in 2001. By Russia’s logic, it could repackage Western norms in intervention as its own.

In 2015, the US noted that Russia was actually bombing Syrian rebels opposed to the Assad regime, not ISIS. In the end it didn’t matter because Russia plowed ahead. Bombing increased. By 2016, the rebels had lost Aleppo, and Turkey was intervening in Syria as well. The US moved into eastern Syria to back Kurdish forces that became part of the SDF. By 2018, the Assad regime had retaken a swath of Syria with Russia’s help.

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