Are Cuban Troops Fighting in Syria?

American officials have confirmed a report from the University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies that Cuban special forces are operating on the ground in Syria in defense of dictator Bashar al-Assad, and are expected to operate Russian tanks in battles against anti-Assad rebels.

In a press release, the Miami institute revealed that there was evidence General Leopoldo Cintra Frias, head of the Cuban Armed Forces, had visited Syria recently and consulted with both Assad’s generals and Russian advisers, who are in Syria to defend Assad against assorted militias, possibly including the Islamic State terrorist group. Their report suggests that Syrian troops have been reinforced with Russian technology, particularly armed tanks, but that Assad’s soldiers are untrained in operating these vehicles and will need the Cubans’ help. “It will also operate as a military force against Isis and other opponents of the Assad regime,” the Institute said of the Cuban contingent.

Fox News confirmed the report with a U.S. official, who cited intelligence reports that confirmed Frias’ presence. The source told Fox News that Russian planes may have shipped the Cuban soldiers into Syria, as Cuban military personnel often train in Russia before returning home. In addition to the U.S. official, Fox News cites the Institute’s report indicating that an “Arab military officer” saw Cubans in the Damascus airport.

The PanAmerican Post reports that, in addition to Frias’ consulting help, it is estimated that around 300 Cuban soldiers are currently operating in Syria.

Speaking before the United Nations General Assembly in September, Cuban dictator Raúl Castro, a longtime ally of Bashar al-Assad, advised the audience to keep their militaries out of Syria. “Let the people resolve their own problems,” Castro said. Since then, Cuba’s staunch ally Russia has disregarded the advice and begun airstrikes against anti-Assad forces in Syria, which has apparently prompted Havana to rethink its position on intervention in Syria.

“It is a slap in the face by Raúl Castro to President Barack Obama,” said Dr. José Azel, a scholar at the University of Miami, of Cuba’s operation in Syria. “This should affect the normalization process with the United States,” Azel suggested, but adding that President Obama was “obsessed with these relations” and may not want to add tension to the relationship with Cuba by challenging Castro’s geopolitical mischief in any way.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    There is speculation that they have been there several months.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I think that’s awesome!
      Is this another way Castro makes money?

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        They are probably getting paid in oil by Putin as Cuba is perpetually energy starved.
        They were a feasibility run to see if Russia could operate in Syria.
        Prepare for Russia’s footprint in Syria to grow.

        • FactsWillOut

          Cuba is energy, food, paper, pencil and everything else starved….except for rum.
          Just goes to show…

          • Norman_In_New_York

            Before Castro, Cuba was thought of as a paradise of beaches, rum, cigars and hot women.

          • pike bishop

            I’ve read that Cuba had the third highest standard of living in the western hemisphere in 1959. Higher than South Korea.
            This odious little dictatorship should have been strangled in the cradle.

  • FactsWillOut

    The neocon, jihadist loving murderers will say anything to get that “monster” Assad out and the Sunnis in power in Syria.
    Thank God Putin is there dropping thermobaric missiles on them.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Are you calling Hillary and Obama neocons?

      • FactsWillOut

        Yep.
        Along with McCain…

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          In my opinion, though, they are far from conservative.
          Especially, McCain, the dipshit who armed IS.

          • FactsWillOut

            neo-cons aren’t really conservatives.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            See, I get confused because the socialists I work with are always calling conservatives neocons.
            I get frustrated because they won’t listen when I tell them they are using different definitions.
            When they call me a fascist for supporting conservatives I say I am not a fascist, I’m for freedom, and they as socialists are totalitarians just like fascists.

          • FactsWillOut

            When they call you a fascist, just point out to them that fascism is a form of socialism. When they deny it, refer them to the guy who invented fascism: Mussolini, who clearly states in his book “The Doctrine of Fascism” that fascism is a form of socialism.
            True conservatives are, IMHO, fiscal conservatives, ie small, limited government, less regulation, lower taxes, etc.
            Anyone who espouses a policy at odds with these ideals is not a true conservative, like the neo-cons, who want to spend money arming jihadists, and the socons, who want to spend money on various forms of social engineering and enforcement, note that in all cases, they don’t want to spend their own money, they feel that their causes somehow entitle them to spend OUR money, just like the left.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Your explanation of socons can be used to explain the war on drugs which is pursued by republican types and the war on tobacco which is pursued by democrat types.
            How do we sort these people into their proper parties?

          • FactsWillOut

            Well, there is some disagreement, myself, I look at it this way: any “conservative” who espouses arming foreigners is generally a neocon, any “conservative” who espouses cops enforcing their “morality” on the domestic population is a generally a socon.

            So, neocon and socon are just flavors of CINO.
            In the end, they all full under the “apologists for tyranny” umbrella.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Telling me I can’t smoke in public is a form of tyranny.
            Taxing me severely so that I quit smoking (3 mos) is also socon.

          • FactsWillOut

            Yup.
            Congrats!
            3 mos is a bit of a threshold.
            My advice: Don’t get drunk.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I drink alone so there’s no one to bum a smoke from.

          • FactsWillOut

            Good job.
            I’ve quit for 3 mos a couple times, and drinking with my friends is what knocked me off the wagon both times.

            Drinking alone is the best way to drink.

          • mauser 98

            Drinking alone is the best way to drink.
            … poetry… and no one argues with you

          • Shebel

            And you always totally correct in any argument. ))))

          • FactsWillOut

            Yep.
            Deal with it.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            I have yet to meet a lefty that can identify or define actual Fascism or what a neocon is.
            How they use the terms is: a fascist is anybody more conservative than them, and a neocon is any Jew that is not voting Dem.

    • David

      Given your hatred for unborn babies, your other proclivities become even more repugnant.

      • FactsWillOut

        Fuck you and your eternal blood libel bullshit, you sick freak.

      • Shebel

        Do you really care about unborn babies?

  • Hard Little Machine

    We killed them in Angola and Mozambique.

  • mauser 98

    Cuban troops attacking Barry’s trainees?
    The Sun King’s uncle Fidel attacking Vlad’s forces
    …………some ‘splainin to do Lucy

  • Cat-astrophe

    It would be awful if they started WW3, and some countries of the world were not there.
    It’s starting to look a lot like the Olympics, with everyone sending their team in.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      As Jimmy Durante would say, “Everybody wants to get into the act.”

  • Millie_Woods

    I just realized I’m grudgingly rooting for the side that includes Russians, Cubans and Iranians. What a screwed up world it’s become in the last few years.

  • Shebel

    So—-If we killed all the Jews—

    Would this solve anything ?

    • Norman_In_New_York

      In fact, Netanyahu paid Putin a visit and brought with him his chief of staff, Gen. Eisenkot (not quite Eisenhower, but close enough). He told Putin, “You leave us alone and we’ll leave you alone.” Putin agreed.

      • Shebel

        Putin is not a fool nor does he hate the Jews.
        Unlike Obama.
        Someday—maybe – I will understand.

      • pike bishop

        Sounds like a reasonable accord between statesmen.

  • Shebel

    VS—If we Killed all the Muslims?

  • Doug Kursk

    In my former life, I was quite proficient in the art of destroying tanks (any armoured vehicle, in fact…) It would be my wet dream to once again get a chance to ruin a few dozen Russian pieces of junk and their pro-Communist occupants.

    I suspect that there will be some long days on the horizon for these tactically deficient Cubans…draw them into urban areas boys, and have at ‘er!

    Burning oil (and carrion smeared seat covers) is aromatic!

    • pike bishop

      Smells like…