This escalation to support the Jihadists will be met with force from Russia.
“This escalation to support the Jihadists will be met with force from Russia.”
This so far is a proxy war. The Emperor Jones in the White Hut has been only moderately successful in arming his AL-Qaeda rebel pals. The Russians have been right up front in arming their ally, Bashir.
What’s going to be interesting is that in July we’re landing a sizable military force in Jordan (ostensibly for pre-planned exercises) along with a significant aircraft component. The aircraft will be staying in place after these “exercises” are completed.
The Russians will bring in their prime air defense gear, prep up for the US drones with various tactics, and maybe even bring some Surface-launchable cruise missiles to go after a naval group. All you need is two US fighters to get knocked down...a couple of drones to be disabled and fall out of the sky....and one near-hit on a naval ship to scare everybody back into their corner. Everyone wants to say the Russians are weak and can’t mount any kind of capability like they had in the 1980s. Maybe, but if they just had one lucky day...it’d reset the clock a bit.