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Moscow's backing for Assad might in part be driven by local strategic interests, analysts say, particularly a desire to preserve its main regional ally and weapons buyer as well as retain a naval base in the eastern Mediterranean.
But most believe President Vladimir Putin and others believe much more is at stake. For Russia, and to a slightly lesser extent China, Syria is seen as a battleground in which they can draw a line in the sand and end years of unilateral Western foreign intervention.
"It's not about contracts or our base," said Alexander Golts, an independent Moscow-based analyst. "Russian support to Syria is mostly based on ideology."
I figured that was the case. Russia just doesn't want the west messing around in it's backyard on principle.
That things not going anywhere....
FSA using a recoilless rifle against a Syrian Army checkpoint in Qusayr:
FSA ambush two Syrian Army officers in a Hyundai:
FSA using a technical with .50 cal:
Brigade 77 of the FSA take over a Syrian government building in Homs:
Al-Nusra making copper explosive lens's for an explosively formed penetrater IED:
Syrian Army using howitzer's in Zahra, Aleppo:
FSA driving around in captured Syrian police technicals:
Al-Nusra IED a Syrian forces vehicle:
Mi-8 rocketing Rastan:
FSA in Hama clashing with Syrian security forces and using a loudspeaker to taunt them:
Syrian Army artillery firebase in Homs:
Last edited by gresh; 06-14-2012 at 04:41 AM.
For your convenience, I put the two videos from the same incident together in a single post, they show attack and aftermath (cleanup).
F**k war! F**k violence!
Destroyed vehicles- what is the vehicle next to the BMP?