Russia’s Syria Campaign: Top 5 Achievements No One Mentions
President Vladimir Putin caused a stir when he announced the withdrawal of Russian forces deployed to Syria to fight Daesh and other terrorist groups. Moscow’s operation has been largely hailed as a success, but several major achievements of the limited engagement have mostly remained unacknowledged.
These include eliminating top terrorist commanders, key victories on the battlefield and ammunition recycling.
Targeting terrorist leaders
In late December, one of the most powerful terrorist leaders – the commander of Jaysh al-Islam – was killed in an air attack conducted by Russia warplanes. The operation targeted a meeting of high profile rebels, including Zahran Alloush, in Eastern Ghouta.
Russian forces also eliminated other rebel leaders, but Alloush, who was also one of spiritual jihadist leaders, is the most prominent one.
In the several weeks that followed, the SAA assisted by Russian warplanes lifted the three-year-long siege of a secluded Kuweires (Kweiris) military airbase. The offensive against Daesh has also helped to cut a major terrorist supply route to Aleppo, the largest city in the country.
In addition, Damascus-led forces
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