Russia, Iran and the Overstretched SAA: Can More Iranian and Iraqi Troops Resume the Offensive with Russian Air Support?

Russia, Iran and the Overstretched SAA: Can More Iranian and Iraqi Troops Resume the Offensive with Russian Air Support?

For now the Russian plan to help the SAA regain the initiative appears to be: hold the line in and around Aleppo, using heavy bombers if necessary flying all the way from the Mozdok base in the Caucasus to pummel jihadist lines, while advancing east of Palmyra against Daesh. The fact that the U.S. and its allies cannot openly complain too much about combined SAA/Russian  and Hezbollah successes against the Islamic State seems to be key to Putin's present strategy...

Read More