September 30, 2017, marks the second anniversary of the beginning of Moscow's operation in the Syrian Arab Republic, launched at President Bashar Assad's request. During the ongoing campaign, Russia has changed the course of the war, with almost 90 percent of the country's territory having been liberated from Daesh. Moscow has also been sending humanitarian aid to Syrians, defusing explosives as well as other actions to help restore a sense of normalcy to the war-ravaged country.
As Russia entered the third year of its anti-terrorist operation in Syria, Turkish political analyst Musa Ozugurlu told Sputnik that the operation had prevented Syria from disintegrating and saved the Middle East from chaos.
It has been two years since Russia launched its military campaign in Syria, which initially faced skepticism and criticism in the West. Over this period of time, Moscow has not only significantly contributed to fighting terrorism and stabilizing the situation Syria, but also proved its political role in the Middle East, a geopolitical analyst said.
During a two-year aerial campaign Russia and its allies have managed to create a powerful coalition in Syria that thwarted the US' attempts to split the region up, experts told Sputnik. However, the war is far from being over, especially in light of the looming threat of Iraq's disintegration after the Kurdish independence vote of September 25.
September 30 marked the second anniversary of the beginning of the Russian Aerospace Forces campaign in Syria. Speaking to Sputnik, Iranian political analyst Mohammad Ali Mohtadi stressed the strategic importance of this military operation, which he said added greatly to the weakening of the Daesh terrorist group.
Saturday, September 30 marked two years since the start of Russia’s military operation in Syria, conducted at the request of the country's President Bashar Assad. French expert on international relations Xavier Moreau described three major Russian victories to Sputnik Radio which completely changed the military situation on the ground.
September 30 marks the second anniversary of the Russian counterterrorism campaign in Syria which is defined not only by significant success on the battlefield but also by diplomatic victories.
Moscow has been carrying out a military operation against terrorists groups in Syria since September 30, 2015, when President Bashar Assad requested Russia's assistance.
The Russian Ministry of Defense has laughed off the claims of the UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon that the country made a "major contribution" to the campaign against Daesh which accidentally appeared amid the considerable progress made by Syrian government forces with Russian aerial support.
The Russian air campaign in Syria, which started two years ago, has dramatically changed the course of war in the country, Turkish military expert Dr. Celalettin Yavuz said, emphasizing the role of the Astana talks launched by Moscow, Ankara and Tehran and the creation of four de-escalation zones in the country.