Category Archives: Syria

Russia’s Syrian Operation is Both Political and Military

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer According to western experts, Russia’s military move in Syria is both geostrategic and political. A key facet of Russian defense policy is retention of its naval supply and maintenance base at the Syrian port of Tartus, vital to its eastern Mediterranean naval operations and broader ventures. Deployment of top-line T-14 Armada tanks, heavy artillery, modular housing units for 1000 men and a portable air traffic control unit at the Latakia Airport also suggests that Russia may seek to acquire a more permanent airbase in Syria. Latakia , as a predominantly Alawite area of Syria is considered President Bashar al-Assad’s political base of support and the portion of Syria to be most easily held as an enclave in a worst-case scenario. Russia, acting in accordance with its foreign policy objectives, considers the Alawite sect of Islam a useful Read more

Limited Russian Military Involvement in Syria Confirmed

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer IDM Confirms Russian Military Presence in Syria Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe Yaalon, has confirmed an active Russian military presence in Syria. Speaking at a press conference on Thursday 9/10/2015, he said, "As far as we understand, at this stage we are talking about a limited force that includes advisers, a security team and preparations for operating planes and combat helicopters.“ He also termed the development "significant", according to an AP report. The move has raised US and NATO concerns. Russian foreign and defense policies are committed to preserving strategic Russian military outposts throughout the world and aquirine new ones as demonstrated bt recent Russian-Iranian naval maneuvres in the Persian Gulf, during which Russian vessels docked at an Iranian port. Russia has a key naval base at the Syrian port of Tartus containing Read more

On Syria: Silence Is Not Always Golden

Guest Post By: Rose Izzo Delaware Congressional District 1 "Delaware Liberal" a the left-wing Democrat web site which vigorously supports what it calls "humanitarian bombing" has characterized me as having a "new found pacifism" because of my opposition to a military attack on Syria. I resent the implication that I would not call for military action if the United States is directly threatened by a foreign power. I believe that as a voter you are entitled to know why I oppose a military strike against Syria. My opposition to what Liberal Delaware Democrats now call a "humanitarian bombing" of Syria is based on hard facts and common sense. First of all Pres. Obama's Middle East foreign policy has been an unmitigated disaster. Beginning with his "apology tour" of Egypt and more recently the collapse of Libya into a haven for radical Islamists. Now Republicans, independents and Read more