More information confirms the Russian deployment was intended as much to prevent a US plan to impose a no-fly zone over Syria – bringing about regime change there – as to defeating the Islamic State
NATO’s over-the-top reaction to a minor violation by a Russian aircraft of Turkey’s air space underscores the key point about the Russian military deployment.
The West has lost control of the skies of Syria.
When I first discussed the line-up of Russian aircraft in Syria I said the four SU30 fighters were intended to provide top cover for the strike force.
I also speculated the six SU-34s were not really needed, and that they were there to test them in a combat environment.
I was right about the SU-30s; I was wrong about the SU-34s.
I overlooked the fact that as well as being a formidable strike and ground attack aircraft, the SU-34 is an extremely capable…
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