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Russia-affiliated foreigners fighting for Assad. Orient News. March 24. This article has also featured on different websites and journals such as Mashreq Politics & Culture Journal.

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Author(s): Khatib, Hakim
Year of publication: 2017

Abstract: While the term foreign fighters has been frequently used to refer to those who fight alongside Jihadist groups in Syria on one hand and those who fight alongside Assad regime on the other, Russian intervention in Syria has been on a larger scale exceeding the organisation capabilities of foreign fighters and the volume of their intervention all combined. Due to the organised form of Russia’s attacks against civilians in Syria, its fighters who are engaged in the combat are as much foreign as Jihadists but almost never referred to as foreign fighters. According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in December 2016, since the beginning of its operations, “Russian air force has carried out 17,800 air raids, touched 71,000 times the infrastructure of terrorists, thus liquidating 725 training camps, 405 factories and workshops of explosives, 1,500 military equipment, 35,000 fighters, including 204 commanders.” So let’s break this down.

Keywords: Assad Regime, Syria, Russia-affiliated foreign fighters

Research area: Research Area 2: The Dynamics of Normative Orders: Rupture, Change, Continuity
Research project: Formation of a New Gender Order in Tunisia after the Revolution

Full text: http://www.orient-news.net/en/news_show/134003/0/Russia-affiliated-foreigners-fighting-for-Assad

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