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18 February 2016


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The Russian intervention seemingly changed everything - air support obviously, but also new equipment, weapons resupply and refurbishment, maintenance, training, recon assets (drones etc) and intel.....

But probably the biggest immediate impact after the direct CAS was turning morale around, which is usually underestimated in its impact, but it makes all the difference if you want people to risk their lives for you.

No hope of victory = why risk anything for a lost cause. The Russians gave the Syrian army back hope of victory, which was all but gone by last September.


click the "+" 2 times to zoom in, then look around. In order to minimize screen clutter the numbers are pale gray and there are not a lot of them. There is one right below the top of the curve.

Thirdeye and JJackson have already provided, for which THANK YOU.

By way of 3rdI's Russian site linked below: in the 00s pages/sites that realized the potential of the web were still rare. Every time I found one that was feature-rich, functional AND ALSO beautiful, the designers were Russian. I thought they might be from a single or connected source(s), so I wrote and asked - they were not. For a while wondered why Russians seemed to be so damn good at so many things - {{ but then went back to reading up on self-esteem.}}


Babak was referring to the depredations of the Benu Hilal during the Fatimid period. You were referring to the original promulgators of Islam


Name one achievement of Persia pre-Islam ?.

Alexander the Great choose to settle in Babylon (IRAQ) and not in any Persian cities which tells you, there were no civilized cities in Persia comparatively.

Chris Chuba

I don't know who was the first to post the link to http://militarymaps.info/ but whoever it was I want to thank them. I go to it every day. It's elegant and beautiful. For all of the talk about how the Russians are allegedly these mind numbed robots who tow the party line, it is a great example of a collaborative effort. You can tell they make a great effort to keep the map up to date and to correct things that are wrong ASAP.

To cut down on the Col's moderating overhead I'd like to comment on the Boston Globe article that others have posted about, http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/02/18/the-media-are-misleading-public-syria/8YB75otYirPzUCnlwaVtcK/story.html

The author, Stephen Kinzer, is an old school foreign correspondent who actually visited the areas he wrote about and this is the excerpt that I'd like to pull from that great article ...

"Reporters who cover Syria check with the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House, and think tank “experts.” After a spin on that soiled carousel, they feel they have covered all sides of the story. This form of stenography produces the pabulum that passes for news about Syria.

Astonishingly brave correspondents in the war zone, including Americans, seek to counteract Washington-based reporting. At great risk to their own safety, these reporters are pushing to find the truth about the Syrian war. Their reporting often illuminates the darkness of groupthink. Yet for many consumers of news, their voices are lost in the cacophony. Reporting from the ground is often overwhelmed by the Washington consensus."

Sadly, the responses by the readers of the Boston Globe are followers of the Borg and seem to have no interest in thoughts that question the favored narrative.

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