The chances of escalation from a proxy war to outright war just went
to 11 on the Spinal Tap amplifier of sabre-rattling. A day after British and NATO pilots were reportedly given the green light to take drastic action against Russian fighter jets
if they come under threat during missions over Iraq, Interfax reports that the Russian Defense Ministry has demanded clarification
. Senior defence sources say it is just a matter of time before our fighters are involved in a deadly confrontation
with Russian jets.
The Chinese, it appears, are wholeheartedly behind Putin's efforts,
judging by the following puff-piece from Xinhua (unofficially China's government mouthpiece)...
recent military intervention in the Syrian war in the form of
airstrikes and missile attacks aimed both at supporting the government
of President Bashar Al-Assad in combatting the Islamic State (IS) has
reaped initial gains.
Russia's bombing campaign in Syria, which began on Sept. 30, has
strengthened the Syrian government, laying the foundation for a dialogue
with all countries concerned to come up with solutions that could drag
Syria out of the internal conflict that has lasted for more than four
According to Russia Today, Russia started its bombing campaign in
Syria with a goal to provide air support to the government troops in
fighting various terrorist groups, primarily the IS.