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Moscow steadily promoting its 'Helsinki agenda' in Syria
Funny. They all seem pretty relaxed.
I suppose in retrospect many of these rebels were merely interested in maintaining some security in their cities until the return of normalcy, at which point they peacefully transition power.
Why not? Russians are like unicorns in this war. “Hey, I met a Russian.” That’s a good reason to take a selfie.
Doesn't have much to do with Russians, they are just all as eager to do selfies as western teens, remember the famous SAA - Rebel selfieception picture during the Waer evacuation:
As someone who collects pictures of this war, this one is mine my top 10. Just the thought that these guys were sworm enemies hell-bent on each other’s destruction, now taking selfies meters apart tells you everything you need to know about humans and war.
This photo is hilarious!
Damn, never saw that pic 😂
Are the guys in the forefront the SAA guys? They don't seem to have any military fatigues or weapons. Or maybe they're government officials?
Either way that photo is definitely one for the highlights album once the war finally ends.
And because it’s Russia, they aren’t really spiteful against the rebels, therefore for now there is low risk of retaliation be it sanctioned or not by govt forces
I'd say the salaries they received in country whos economy has hit rock bottom is pretty good as well.
Could be a photoshop too, dont be so quick to forget that information warfare is a huge aspect of combat in todays battles. Its a given even, that this sub is monitored by all relevant parties to varying degrees.
Well they don't have to worry about getting thrown into the meat grinder
It's nice contrast from Afghanistan to Syria.
The Soviet supported Afgan government was brutal and silenced all dissent through capital punishment or collective mass killings, whether they sided with the Mujahadeen or didn't agree with land reforms that was enacted by the regime which conflicted with the rural population which they saw as an attack on their way of life and livelihoods. Plus Soviet support in punishing them too. They were loathed by the locals.
Syria is differences, military support, intervening by consent of the regime with limited support, all the while pushing a pro regime and reconciliation agenda to bring warring parties together to negotiate on the ground and its working.
The aid helps too, the Russian goal is to protect the regime, not smash the rebels into smithereens. The regime can do that itself without Russian military support.
Certainly there's big difference between trying to forcefully reform a very traditional society like Afghanistan and just helping to preserve the status quo (the current regime) in Syria.