Russia has dispatched special forces in recent days to fight alongside Syrian army troops struggling to make features in a more than two-month assault in northwestern Syria to seize the last opposition bastion, senior rebel commanders mentioned.
They stated though Russian officers and troops had been behind front lines directing the operations, utilizing snipers and firing anti-tank missiles, this was the first time Moscow had dispatched ground troops on the battlefield within the campaign that started on the end of April.
These particular Russian forces are present on the battlefield. The Russians are intervening directly now,” mentioned Captain Naji Mustafa, spokesman for the Turkey-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) coalition of insurgent factions.
Last week Russian ground forces entered the battle with government forces to seize the imperative Humaymat hilltops in northern Hama that fell into rebel hands.
More than two months of Russian-backed operations around and in Idlib province have generated little or nothing for Russia and its ally President Bashar al Assad.
It’s a rare case of a military campaign that has not gone in Russia’s favor because it intervened in 2015.
The pinnacle of a significant rebel group mentioned Moscow’s deployment of undisclosed numbers of floor forces got here solely after elite Syrian troops referred to as the Tiger Forces and allied militias have been unable to make “any significant territorial gains.”
Al Saleh echoed views of the opposition that the Russians and their allies who had won each major battle with the opponent since Moscow intervened in Syria had miscalculated the strength and motivation of the rebels.
Rebels contacted by Reuters stated provides of weapons together with guided anti-tank missiles by Turkey had not only made it a pricey battle for the Russians and their allies but repelled ground assaults.