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Israel: Russia helping divide Syria between Assad and Daesh

February 8, 2016 at 12:21 pm

Israeli military sources have revealed that Russia’s intervention in Syria aims to divide the country into two areas of control; one under the control of Bashar Al-Assad’s regime and the other under the control of Daesh.

Israel’s Army Radio quoted sources in Tel Aviv saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that keeping Daesh in part of Syria serves the interests of Russia and Assad’s regime. This is because it provides international legitimacy for Assad to remain in authority.

Russia’s deliberate targeting of moderate opposition forces is an attempt to achieve a clear and permanent confrontation between Assad’s regime and Daesh, the sources said.

They noted that the intensification of Russia’s bombing of Aleppo and Latakia aims to widen the area in which the regime is present and it in direct confrontation with Daesh.

According to Israeli sources, by achieving this goal, Putin aims to make sure Assad’s regime is part of the solution, not part of the problem.

They also noted that there are beliefs that the Russians will move to intensify their attacks on other areas that are currently under the control of the moderate opposition in order to help the Assad regime regain control of these areas.