[Marxism] Fwd: Russia's airstrikes on Syria appear futile with little progress on ground | World news | The Guardian
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Tue Dec 22 05:12:01 MST 2015
Harith Abdul Baqi, 34, a military leader in Syria’s far north, said:
“This is clearly aimed at destroying the revolution. They are using the
Kurds [whose forces in the area are known as the PYD] as a ground force
now, because the Syrian army has not been able to perform. This has
surprised the Russians. They have found themselves in a swamp.
“Their goal is to allow the PYD to control the supply lines and the
border. They also want to put pressure on Turkey, who do not want to
lose influence so close to their frontier.
“South of Aleppo, they were making a lot of progress early in their
campaign. The Shia militias were leading it with all of their force. But
now they have stopped. They are going nowhere, despite far superior
numbers and equipment.”
Opposition groups and regional diplomats say Shia militias near Aleppo
have been dominated by Afghan Shias brought to Syria by Iran and led by
Iranian officers and senior members of Hezbollah.
“The problem is that this is not their cause and they don’t have the
will to fight. There have been 17 senior Iranian officers killed trying
to instil order and discipline, including several generals. And only one
was killed by Isis,” Baqi said.
“This isn’t going well for them. I can’t see the north settling down
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