Saturday, December 3, 2016
Yet more from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter:
Psssst! It is a secret!!
Egypt enters the Syrian fray!! War by proxy!
"Egyptian pilots flying Russian choppers in Syria"
"Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi's secret decision to intervene militarily in the Syrian war on the side of the Syrian President Bashar Assad is revealed here . . . The precise details of that intervention vary from source to source. According to one version, a group of Egyptian helicopter pilots landed secretly a few days ago at the Syrian Air Force base in Hama and were pressed at once into service for strikes against Syrian rebel forces. Some sources describe the Egyptian flight crews as taking over the cockpits of Russian attack/reconnaissance Kamov Ka-52 helicopters, with which they were familiar, having trained on them since the end of 2015. Others say that the Egyptian airmen flew those helicopters from Egypt to Syria over the eastern Mediterranean. There is also a claim that their arrival was preceded by a preliminary inspection of the Syrian front lines by two major generals from the Egyptian general staff operations division, who later submitted their recommendations to the Egyptian president. Others say the Egyptian generals headed a military delegation, which has set up a permanent mission in Damascus. But every one of those sources agrees that, one way or another, Egypt has secretly entered the Syrian war in support of the Bashar regime a development which has raised a firestorm in Arab capitals."
THAT CIVIL WAR IN SYRIA WITHOUT A DOUBT [?] THAT MOST COMPLICATED CONFLICT IN THE HISTORY OF ALL MANKIND? THE VARIOUS MULTIPLICITY OF FACTIONS ON THE GROUND AND IN THE AIR IMMENSE. TO INCLUDE NOW EGYPTIAN PROXIES!
Also do not discount that an Islamic nation [Egypt] predominantly Sunni providing support to suppress an insurgency by Sunni rebels whose goal is to topple a Shia ruled regime.