To further discourage any efforts at piecemeal American air strikes on Assad government forces that might try to skirt Russia's air defenses, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is being supplied with Pantsir air defense systems. These modern SAMs are designed to strike low to medium altitude aircraft and can engage drones or ground hugging planes and helicopters with rapid fire, high caliber cannons. As the Russians have made crystal clear, there will likely be no more Deir Ez Zor 'oopsie' incidents in which the U.S. bombs the SAA and then pretends it was trying to hit ISIS. Summarizing the situation and the emptyness of Washington's threats, Dmitry Orlov of the Club Orlov blog has written:
Southfront has been providing outstanding coverage of the rapid fall of multiple jihadi strong points around Aleppo to the SAA's assaults. The news that some of the last jihadi pockets in the Damascus suburbs are surrendering and accepting safe passage with their families to Al-Nusra/takfiri territory in Idlib certainly won't inspire the 'moderate rebels' left in Aleppo to fight on to the death. Nor will the news that the Russian aircraft carrying heavy missile cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov is passing through the English Channel with its escorts en route to Gibraltar and the Med encourage the jihadists that the relentless Russian bombing will stop any time soon due to the outcry in (post)Western media against Moscow.
To counter propaganda claims that the Russian Air Force (RuAF) is always bombing the last hospital in east Aleppo, ANNA News is releasing video interviews with the real Syrian civil defense and doctors at the restored al-Kinda Hospital in the government controlled part of the city, where the terrorists massacred wounded soldiers and medical staff alike months ago:
German blogger Moon of Alabama (MoA) summarizes the increasingly hopeless tactical situation of the jihadists in east Aleppo thus, and Washington's attempts to rebrand Al-Qaeda allies as 'moderates' in order to preserve them for fighting Assad another day:
On other fronts, the SAA's elite Tiger Forces are attacking jihadist held towns along the Hama-Aleppo highway, seizing gas fields from the Islamic State. The renewed SAA assaults on ISIS positions come as Iraqi and Iranian media report the U.S. is pressuring Baghdad to give safe passage for ISIS terrorists from Mosul in northern Iraq to ISIS-held territory in Syria:
In conclusion, over one year after Moscow directly intervened in Syria at the behest of the Assad government, the Syrian war is far from over, but the 'moderate' jihadists and ISIS are in retreat. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his commanders have won a great victory for the forces of non-sectarian if not secular governance, and put an end to Exceptionalistan's regime change rampage in the region.
What happens next -- whether the Anglo-Globalist Empire accepts defeat or doubles down via military means -- may depend on the American voter.