Could the conflict in Syria lead to world war three?

“…The Russians know better than anyone how weak the regime’s military really is. Earlier this year, a senior Russian official astonished a visiting American delegation by telling them that the Syrian army could field only 6,000 ‘capable and loyal’ troops for a big operation. Officially, the Syrian Arab Army is 125,000 strong.

‘The paper strength of the Syrian army is meaningless,’ said Tobias Schneider, a German military analyst who has done some of the best work on the regime’s forces. ‘The only thing … is how much money they pay a month to somebody. Offensives in this war are 1,000 people. Anybody who actually had the numbers they claim would be able to capture the whole of Syria.’ Schneider has been getting leaked documents from inside the Syrian military in Hama. What is happening there is revealing. Hama is the base of one of the regime’s most effective militias, the so-called Tiger Forces. A leading member of the Tigers was a ‘powerful thug’ called Ali-Shelli, Schneider told me. Shelli apparently went too far, even for the regime, and was thrown into jail for ‘looting and plundering citizens at a checkpoint’, as the official report put it.

But Shelli was quickly released.”

  • Hard Little Machine

    How so? These are tough words from two parties that have no stomach for it. Obama doesn’t want to be in the Mideast at all. He’s not going to war for them. And Russia has no strategic advantage in or plan for fighting the US. Russia can push Obama out of Syria and Iraq with little downside risk and very little in the way of military force that requires them and the US to directly confront one another. A few more planes to Syria, a few more ships to the eastern Med. Remember – Obama doesn’t have a carrier group in the Mediterranean – he removed it years ago. He redeployed his forces to the Persian Gulf apparently JUST to show the world how much the Iranians bully him.

    I see this as a big nothing. Obama will bolt from Syria soon, declare victory and go home. Which is what he wanted. This cooked up hissy fit from John Kerry is the fake excuse they were looking for.

  • ismiselemeas

    Russia’s been fighting in Syria since the Marines went into Tripoli to sort out islamists, I mean pirates, I mean extremist muslim pirates since the late 1700s. There’s nothing new here.