Russia Commits ‘Volunteer’ Ground Troops to Syria

The Kremlin announced that Russian “volunteer” forces could soon join forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on the battlefields of Syria. Russia has publicly supported the Assad regime for years and recently amplified its support for the regime through airstrikes purportedly directed at extremist militias in the county. The latest announcement augurs a potential new ground campaign directed towards rebel groups which currently stand opposed to Damascus.

The possibility of a new offensive has been decried by the West as a Russia-led exacerbation of the current conflict there. However, the Russian government has defended its supports for the Assad regime by insisting that it is merely protecting a legitimate government against the possibility of chaos created by a power vacuum.

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