Russia’s intervention in Syria has changed the stalemate preferred by all parties to the crisis.
Through the downing of a few Russian warplanes with surface-to-air missiles, the Kremlin would be sent a clear message that the Middle East is not Georgia or UkraineMohamed Chebarro
The first waves of attacks were halted after heavy casualties suffered by pro-regime forces, seemingly due to anti-tank guided missiles. The second in command of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards was killed, as were leaders of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia. These successes indicate that Syrian rebel groups received detailed intelligence and maybe coordinates that allowed them to inflict heavy casualties.