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2/2/2017 6:12:47 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
RUSSIA DEPLOYS CHECHENS TO WIN HEARTS AND MINDS IN ALEPPO
Russia has reinforced its military presence on the ground in Aleppo with a police unit drawn largely from the Muslim-majority region of Chechnya, part of a bid to win hearts and minds in Syria.
Recent video footage by a Russian-language news agency shows the Chechen-led formation patrolling the city"s battered landscape in armored trucks and personnel carriers.
The deployment and the video promoting it highlight Moscow"s outreach to civilians in Syria, where the opposition is dominated by the Sunni majority and the government is led by members of the Alawite branch of Shiite Islam, to which Syrian President Bashar al-Assad belongs.
Russia has deployed ground troops in some limited numbers, including special forces, but rarely publicizes their presence.
Russian officials, by contrast, openly speak about the deployment of the military-police unit to Aleppo, which fell to Syrian government forces in December. Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu said in late December the troops were sent to the city to "preserve order."
The Russian military-police battalion in Syria appears to be engaged in a civil-affairs mission, manning checkpoints and providing security as some reconstruction efforts begin, based on evidence from the video. Lt. Col. Alexander Aksyonov, deputy head of the Russian military"s Aleppo reconciliation center, said in the video the situation in around the city "remains tense," but added that local residents were "treating us very cordially."
Sappers with the Russian unit are shown in the video clearing unexploded ordnance. The Russian military police are also engaged in some rudimentary humanitarian assistance, with the video showing the troops delivering food to local residents.
Aleppo 24, an opposition monitoring group with activists on the ground throughout Aleppo province, confirmed the presence of several hundred Russian military police in the city of Aleppo.
The opposition group said the Chechen-led unit interacted with local residents in a generally professional way.
"People like them because their behavior is better than the shabiha," the group said, referring to the pro-regime militiamen Mr. Assad"s government had empowered since the beginning of the uprising.
The Chechen unit offers several advantages to the Syrian government and its Russian military backers. In addition to bringing their own combat experience, Sunni Muslim Chechens give the Russians a boost in reaching out to Syria"s Sunni community, counterbalancing the role of the Iran-backed Shiite militias and pro-government Syrian gunmen.
"The Russian government understands very well the condition of the Syrian army and their capacity to really govern in this area," said Katya Sokirianskaia, Russia project director for Brussels-based International Crisis Group. "They need to maintain what they have already gained."
Sending in the Chechens is also less likely to cause controversy in Russia, where memories still linger about the disastrous Soviet intervention in Afghanistan between 1979 and 1989. Ms. Sokirianskaia said deployment of these military professionals wasn"t likely to cause the same kind of backlash that sending Russian conscripts to Syria might provoke.
"No one will complain about Kadyrovtsy being sent to Syria," she said, referring to the forces that report to Mr. Kadyrov.
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2/2/2017 6:16:26 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 2/2/2017 6:12:47 AM, Tineric wrote:
RUSSIA DEPLOYS CHECHENS TO WIN HEARTS AND MINDS IN ALEPPO

Putin will be fucked_in the ass_by a giant grizzly bear, known to him as Daddy Trump.
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2/2/2017 6:36:26 AM
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At 2/2/2017 6:16:26 AM, YYW wrote:
At 2/2/2017 6:12:47 AM, Tineric wrote:
RUSSIA DEPLOYS CHECHENS TO WIN HEARTS AND MINDS IN ALEPPO
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2/2/2017 6:40:51 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 2/2/2017 6:12:47 AM, Tineric wrote:

Vladimir Putin is a closeted homosexual who fraternizes with male prostitutes at his secret torture facility in Lubyanka.

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