Risky Business: Russian Syria Bombing Jeopardizes Ties With Sunni World

Moscow could lose significant influence in the Middle East as nations there react angrily to its bombing of Syrian opposition targets.

Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, and many other states have repeatedly called on Moscow to halt its bombing campaign which began on September 30. The campaign has mostly targeted Syria’s secular and moderate Islamist opposition forces, despite the Kremlin’s insistence that it is only bombing Islamic State (IS) fighters.

Analysts say the anger is deeply felt in Arab capitals because the Arab states have long insisted that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step down as the first step to ending Syria’s more than four-year civil war.

  • African

    To hell with the Sunnis, Russia should keep backing Assad and should defeat American-backed barbaric Sunni jihadists such as ISIS, Al-nusra, Al-qaida and others.

  • Petr

    There are no “ties” or “relationships” with muslims. They either fear you or attack you.

    • El Martyachi

      … and Russians are ENTIRELY different on that point, naturally…

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Churchill said of Germans, “The Hun is either at your throat or at your feet.” The same is true of Arabs.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Churchill said a lot of dubious things it turns out.
        Arabs and Russians do share a lot of very similar cultural traits.

    • African

      So True. They are either at your feet or at your throat!

  • Norman_In_New_York

    For better or for worse, Russia made a bargain with the Shiite devils. There will come a point where the devils will demand their due.

    • FactsWillOut

      Unlike the west with the Sunnis.
      I’d like to see Russia’s reaction to a jet flown into the Kremlin. I’m sure it wouldn’t be a speech about how Islam is Peace.

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    Russia will show the entire world how to eliminate those terrorists in the Middle East .

  • Hard Little Machine

    No it doesn’t. Do you know why? Arabs are scorpions. They only thing they like more than murdering each other is getting to watch someone else kill Arabs for them.