Russia’s renewed deployment of both men and advanced hardware in Syria is, I believe, another indicator that the Assad regime is losing hope of forming an Alawite state, or what has been referred to as a “mini Syria”.
Latakia is key
For the option of a “mini Syria” state to remain viable, then the coastal areas need to remain intact.Mohamed Chebarro
Russia’s flawed vision for Syria's future
Such is the logical conclusion of the highly flawed peace plan envisaged by Moscow, that – who knows! – maybe ISIS foreign fighters could swap hats and play the role of international monitors.Mohamed Chebarro