Why is Russia Reducing its Troop Numbers in Syria?

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News has arrived that Russia is planning to reduce its troop numbers in Syria. To understand this important development, one must first dispense with ridiculous ideas. New York Times commenters’ claims that this is a result of excessive cost, the wisdom of the re-creator of the Islamic State (Obama), or Syria being a quagmire for Russia (LOL) are all squarely ridiculous on their face and are completely wrong. Russia is not withdrawing from the Syrian conflict completely (just the contrary, it will continue airstrikes for as long as needed), the Syrian conflict is not a drain on Russia’s resources (just the contrary, it is estimated to be very cheap), Syria is not a quagmire for Russia (just the contrary, it has accomplished large gains in a fairly short time), and, as I say, sometimes, the world does not revolve around Washington. Sometimes, the world revolves around Moscow.

So why is…

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Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

2 thoughts on “Why is Russia Reducing its Troop Numbers in Syria?”

    1. Syrian army’s still very vulnerable and requires lots of Russian air support to make lasting advances. And, due to the cessation of hostilities, yes, for the most part, the war now is IS v. Assad (with the exception of Kurds and Syrian rebels fighting against IS in the desert).

      Battles left to fight:

      al-Bab

      Palmyra

      Qaryatain

      Raqqa

      Deir Hafir

      As for the rebels, it depends on what happens to the ceasefire.

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