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    Before the Russian Operation in Syria, US-Led Coalition Felt It Was Untouchable

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    One year after the launch of Russia's military operation in Syria, military experts talk to Sputnik on major outcome of Russia's aerial campaign.

    "After the launch of Russia's military operation there have been serious changes in the disposition on the ground and in the role of the US-led military coalition, which thought it was untouchable and was allowed to do anything it waned in Syria," Serbian military analyst and founder of East West Bridge foundation Jovan Kovacevic told Sputnik.

    The expert however noted that it is far from being over yet due to Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran and other players in the region who are pursuing their own interests.

    "There is a serious game being played, using whatever means possible. Yesterday's terrorist suddenly becomes a nice guy and vice versa. And the result is complete total chaos where everyone is affected and where civilians die," he said.

    It also results in the refugee influx and oil price fluctuations amongst other things.

    "They say that competition is an engine for progress. If someone holds a monopoly on certain things, he immediately starts acting correspondingly, as if he owns the world. When there is competition, one has to think carefully before doing something," Jovan Kovacevic said.

    He further noted that there is multipolar competition on the ground in Syria and it is of special importance to the whole world.

    Meanwhile Hüsnü Mahalli, Turkish expert in the Middle East told Sputnik that Russian President Putin launched the aerial campaign because it matches Russian national interests, among others.

    This is because among the tens of  thousands of terrorists fighting in Syria there are Chechens, Caucasians, Uzbeks, Turkmen, in other words, natives of the former Soviet republics.

    Hence when Russia launched its military operation in support of Syria, it knew only too well that it would be fighting those terrorists who could pose a potential threat to its own territories.

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