Russia is continuing the escalation of its military presence in Syria by sending state of the art combat aircraft to the war-torn country.
Since the beginning of last week, Russia has each day sent heavy transport aircraft of the type Antonov An-124 Rusan - the world's largest military transport aircraft - to Syria. One such aircraft can take a load of 230 tons or over 400 fully equipped and battle-ready soldiers.
So far it has been ground troops equipment, in the form of tanks, armored vehicles and artillery pieces that have been flown to an air base in Syria, south of the city of Latakia on the country's west coast. In addition, 500 Russian marines have been stationed at the base.
Now the Russian ground troops in Syria are being completed with ultra-modern fighter aircraft, reports Reuters. It is unclear how many more troops that will be stationed at the Syrian base.
The Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, said that the military armament "is designed to honor the commitments made towards the Syrian government."
The US government is concerned about the Russian intervention in Syria, as the two military superpowers are supporting each side in the conflict. Russia has always given its support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and considers him as the country's rightful leader.
The US and the West have instead, since the beginning of the war, supported the rebel groups trying to topple Assad from power.
Even if the West officially only supports the Free Syrian Army and the more "moderate" opposition forces in the country, it is no secret that these rebels are fighting alongside Islamist terrorist groups such as the Al-Nusra front and the Islamic Front.
For the different sides in the conflict, it has been difficult to achieve any decisive military victories during the civil war. Materially, the Syrian army is superior, as among other things, it has aircraft at its disposal.
But the military commanders of Syria's military is often the Alawites, a special branch of Islam that also Assad professes to, and up to a third of the Alawite men of military age have been killed in the war, making it difficult for the president to maintain morale among the soldiers.
That could easily change now, with Russian marines and Spetsnaz joining them.
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