Is Assad's Russian-Backed Offensive in Syria Paying Off? :: Middle East Forum

by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Syria Deeply November 11, 2015 Backed by heavy Russian airstrikes, government forces and allied militias fighting to support Bashar al-Assad have launched a series of coordinated ground offensives across northwestern Syria since the beginning of October. The hope is to regain territory lost to rebels over the past year and to shore up areas vital to Assad's survival. But while state-run Syrian and Russian media highlight success after success, the results may not be as promising as Assad and his backers would have liked.