Contrary to the whole military and international protocols of sovereignty, the Assad regime did not leave any chance for their armed forces to keep some of their military prestige. The forces, who were and are still considered a coward army by the Syrian people, have lost what was left of their military “dignity” as Russia and Iran have established absolute control over military decision making in the region that a regular Russian soldier can now issue orders to high-ranking Assad officers.
Did Russia loose its trust in the military capability of the Assad-regime?
The answer to this miserable condition in which the Assad forces are in can be best explained by the recently established Russian Military Operation Room in Aleppo, which is aimed at taking the initiative in the region. Private sources indicated to Aleppo24 that the Room consists of young Russian soldiers with different ranks under whose command the Assad forces and foreign sectarian militias are operating in Aleppo city and its countryside.
This is not a new development as Russia used 80 of its soldiers before, who were led by a major general, to conduct patrols on the Castello Road, under whose command Assad forces, being led by a colonel, were operating. The Russian soldiers are residing in the Military Housing near the Defense factories, according to what private sources indicated to Aleppo24 before.
The reasons behind the establishment of this Room are many, of which the most significant are the disputes between groups of Assad loyalists and members of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia in addition to the continuous Russian airstrikes on the positions of Assad forces in Zahra and the Sulayman Al Halabi neighborhoods of Aleppo, as well as airstrikes against the Iranian revolutionary guards, which Moscow said that it was caused by false coordinates passed on to them by Assad forces.
Those fighing alongside Assad forces in Aleppo and its countryside today are as following: groups of Assad loyalists ( Shabiha), Lebanese Hezbollah militia, the Iraqi Harakat Al Nujaba’ militia and several other mercenaries. All of them operate under the command of the recently established Russian operation room in Aleppo.
Noteworthy, the military operation called ‘’the Euphrates Shield’’, which was launched by Turkey in the countryside of Aleppo on 24 August, and Turkish intervention in northern Syria are the result of direct coordination with Russia after the visit of the Turkish president to Moscow where he met with Vladimir Putin on August 09.
It seems that the concerns of the Syrian people about the occupation of their country by Russia has become a reality as we are now witnessing the Russian military trusteeship in Aleppo.