This is coolbert:
It has only just begun!
VVS = Russian Air Force.
Concluding from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile news letter indications Russian involvement in Syria not coming to and end. Rather the Russian role expanding for a long-term commitment.
"Russia is building four new air bases in Syria, deploying another 6,000 troops"
"Contrary to promises, the Russian military is not pulling out of Syria, but adding four more air bases (one shared with Iran) and 6,000 more troops . . . four Syria air bases are being reconstructed and adapted for the use of the Russian air force. The Tiyas Military Airbase (also known as T-4) in the Homs Governorate; Palmyra (or Tadmor) Airport provides air support for operations in eastern Syria including the Deir ez-Zour province (which Moscow has agreed to share with Iran); Hama Military Airport and Shayrat at Homs. Most of the 6,000 additional Russian military personnel are air force and special operations personnel."
Kinda reminds me of Vietnam. We are withdrawing troops so we can reinforce. Machinations of an international geo-political strategy and consideration at work here.