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Russia’s operation in Syria 5 years on: A military success, sure, but how to convert this into long-term political outcomes?

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According to Russia’s Ministry of Defence, before the operation was launched, a military force was secretly deployed to Khmeimim Air Base in Syria. It included 50 aircraft, as well as combat personnel, support staff, security and special ops forces. The active phase of the Russian military operation in Syria lasted 804 days – from September 30, 2015, until December 11, 2017.

In total, Russia’s Aerospace Forces conducted over 44,000 sorties. On November 20, 2015, Russian jets completed 139 missions – the highest number of sorties in one day – striking jihadist targets. Tu-22M3 long-range bombers carried out 47 group strikes against terrorists, according to the ministry. They completed 369 sorties, covering distances of up to 2,500 kilometers.

To neutralize priority threats, high-precision long-range cruise missiles Kalibr and X-101 were used – navy ships and submarines carried out 100 strikes, while strategic bombers were deployed on 66 occasions to eliminate enemy infrastructure.

As a result, the ministry said, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has been wiped out for good. By deploying its troops to the Middle East (and let's not forget that Russia was invited by Syria to assist), Russia has successfully maintained the balance of power in the region, ended the civil war in Syria, and prevented the country from........

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