Dozens of Russians Are Believed Killed in U.S.-Backed Syria Attack
Four Russian nationals, and perhaps dozens more, were killed in fighting between pro-government forces in eastern Syria and members of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State, according to Russian and Syrian officials.
A Syrian military officer said that about 100 Syrian soldiers had been killed on Feb. 7 and 8, but news about Russian casualties has dribbled out slowly, through Russian news organizations and social media.
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Putin’s Phone Call to Netanyahu Put an End to Israel’s Strikes on Syria
Russia’s public response to massive Israeli strikes on Syria last Saturday including on T4 airbase where Russian troops are perhaps still stationed was rather subdued. The Ministry of Defence said nothing at all and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs only offered the terse statement that “creation of threats for Russian military personnel in Syria is unnaceptable”.
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Instead of winding down, why is Syria’s war getting worse?
The fall of the eastern rebel-held side of Aleppo at the end of 2016 marked a turning point in Syria’s civil war, shifting the tide of the conflict in President Bashar al-Assad’s favour.
With Isis’s caliphate dismantled after the battle for Raqqa last year, the other long-standing front in the Syrian theatre also began to wind down.
And yet, on the eve of its seventh anniversary, Syria’s war shows no sign of stopping.
Read more at www.independent.co.uk