Saturday, December 12, 2015
As was noted by the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter:
Black Death now assuming an active combat role in Syria.
Black Death Russian marines!
"Russian marines in first combat role in Syria"
"DEBKAfile's military sources report that Russian officers and marine troops were seen Sunday for the first time alongside Syrian troops fighting the Islamic State in the Homs area in eastern Syria. At least 60 marines arrived Saturday. Their officers sat down with commanders of the Syrian army's 67th Brigade of the 19th Tank Division to chart strategy for fighting their way for the recapture of Palmyra from ISIS, a mission to which Moscow attaches high importance."
DEBKAfile as worth noting having more than a passing familiarity with the order of battle of the Syrian army.