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    Dream Team: Daesh's 'Reign of Terror' Collapsing Thanks to Russia, Syria

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    Daesh strength seemed to have no limits in the months that followed Barack Obama's pledge to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the terrorist group; the militants have been steadily losing ground only after Moscow and Damascus joined forces against them, British political expert Marcus Papadopoulos told Radio Sputnik.

    Papadopoulos maintains that Russia's air campaign and activities of the Syrian army are "the only reason" why Daesh is on retreat in Syria and why the group's "reign of terror is starting to collapse."

    Some, particularly in the West, have asserted that it is the US-led coalition that has sent the terrorist group flying. Papadopoulos, the publisher of Politics First magazine, believes these claims are "an absolute lie, an absolute distortion of events." He also called Washington's campaign "an abject failure."

    Syrian army personnel load howitzers near the village of Morek, Syria on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
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    Syrian army personnel load howitzers near the village of Morek, Syria on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

    The British analyst emphasized that the key to succeeding in the fight against Daesh and other radical groups, which are trying to overthrow Bashar al-Assad and establish an Islamic state in the war-torn Arab country, was to work with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). The SAA and the Kurds have long been considered the ultimate boots on the ground, which are capable of tackling extremists.

    "The Syrian Army is the heart and soul in the fight against [Daesh] and all other Islamist terrorist groups" all across the country, Papadopoulos said.

    Washington does not seem to share this sentiment. US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has recently said that the US-led coalition will send boots on the ground in Syria and Iraq, but he did not specify what country will supply them.

    The British analyst does not believe that Carter was talking about conventional US troops. "I think that what [Carter] is referring to is an increase in the American special forces (and probably other Western special forces) operating in Iraq and Syria against [Daesh]," the expert observed.

    Papadopoulos pointed out that Carter's statement also "demonstrates the contradictory nature of American foreign policy when it comes to the Middle East." After all, Barack Obama was propelled to office by an anti-war sentiment. He pledged to withdraw tens of thousands of US troops from the Middle East and to some extent delivered on that promise, before sending them back to the region.

    "But then we had other American officials, military and non-military, say that the US is seriously considering deploying troops to fight [Daesh] in Iraq and Syria," the analyst noted. "Reality is of course that Obama has as much blood on his hands as does Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in particular in Syria which the Americans had played a leading role in creating."

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    • Huh?
      The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations. ~David Friedman

      "There are no atheists in foxholes" isn't an argument against atheism, it's an argument against foxholes. ~James Morrow
    • earlw35
      Give credit where credit is due, and Russia does deserve it when it comes to fighting terrorists.
    • The American government has lied so much that they no longer knw the difference between the truth and lies.
      Joseph Goebbels would be proud of them.
    • ivanwa88
      So many agendas and so much at cross purposes! if it wasn't for the casualties you could have said this was the good war. Equivalent of ANZAC campaign in Gallipoli, in the rebirth of Syrian, Iraqi, Iranian,Hezbollah and Russian pride and courage. Iraq army was sent to slaughter in retreat coordinated thru Washington and then betrayed and destroyed. No one can now think Iraqi forces are a push over if well trained lead and have efficient air cover then they are magnificent. As are Iranian, Hezbollah and Syrian forces with superb Russian air support weapons and training. The lessons learnt will stand these forces in good stead for a long time to come, that with the essential ingredient of S300-400 will definitely cool the ardour of greedy conquerors in the future.
    • cast235
      Russia should send special forces to Ukraine to help stop the NAZIS in power from killing women children and kidnap citizens.
    • jas
      "The Syrian Army is the heart and soul in the fight against [Daesh] and all other Islamist terrorist groups" all across the country, Papadopoulos said.
      The Syrian Army held on for over 4 long years. I don't mean to trivialize their allies, but I think their allies would also agree that the Syrian Army is tough and courageous. They were fighting NATO resources and Saudi Arabia and Israel, but still hung on until more help was possible.
    • See for yourselves : coalition of 80 countries for 2 years ==> terrorists gaining territories.

      4 months of Russian-Syrian cooperation ==> terrorists losing their minds and territories.

      Conclusion : Western coalition had always been a joke!
    • vendor
      It is al nice and exciting BUT I do not hear Assad saying anything in relation to the Turkish or the American statements that they will (or already have) invade Syria. Not a word about the supposed intrusion of the Americans in the Kurdish region, or Turkish intrusion in the north. Putin isn't saying a thing either.

      I would have thought that before they do come in as uninvited guests papa Assad would have said niet or something along these lines. Not a boo.

      Mmmm, I wonder if this is because they are confident the Americans and the Turks would not dare to come in or because a deal was done?
    • in reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
      Perhaps it's that "actions speak louder than words"
      ...and they (Assad & Putin) are saving their words
      until their bold action takes the day??
    • martillo
      Most USSANS actually "believe" that their owners in Washing town were responsible for destroying NAZI Germany when anyone who has learned how to think and to do the research knows beyond the shadow of a doubt that in fact the USSAN Anglozionazi matrix MADE Mr Hitler and pushed the Germans into the suicidal onslaught against the USSR. However, ignorance and stupidity will never be an acceptable defense in the court of human history and reality. In 100 years no doubt the remnants of the USSAN empire will still be peddling the notion that Al CIAduh and all its Nusra, ISIS, Daesh knockoffs were not in fact the basta#d spawn of the evil minds of USSA'S degenerate Anglozionazi ruling class.

    • vendorin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      MirDay, well I think that they do not have much time to sit tight on this issue. If the Turks and the Americans are in what's there to wait for?
    • johancruyff74 .
      Your so-called Brit "expert" sadistically and intentionally leaves out Iran's quite strong role in preserving the legal Syrian state in office even before the Russian or anybody else's presence! Secondly, the terms such as "Islamic" and "Islamist" next to Daesh and ISIL and Al Qaeda, are extremely biased and slanted. Your fascist Brit couldn't, even if he tried, hide is hatred for Iran, and Islam. He could have instead used terms such as "Wahhabi or salafi or even Sunni terror" groups and links, all of which would be closer to accuracy.
      Also I am shocked at Sputnik, a Russian medium, with such an astonishing disregard for Iran's role and outright, stereotypical attacks on 1.4 B Islam's followers. Death to Britain and the US both.
      From : Half Persian/Pro-Syrian, Radical Anti-Imperialist/Anti-Yank
    • vendorin reply tojohancruyff74 .(Show commentHide comment)
      johancruyff74 ., Well done!
    • obdeocampo
      absolutely correct report. kudos to the bravery of russian attack helicopters in syria
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