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Putin orders Obama to ‘please’ stay out of Syria

russia2News broke Wednesday that Russia began air operations in Syria at the request of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad.  The Russians reportedly gave Washington a one-hour notice of the strikes, which some said were directed at ISIS.  They also made it clear that the Obama regime was not to interfere.

It turns out, however, that the strikes weren’t targeting ISIS, but forces aligned against Assad.

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Fox News reported:

Russian warplanes have begun bombarding Syrian opposition targets in the war torn nation’s north, working on behalf of dictator Bashar al Assad, according to a senior military official.

The official said airstrikes targeted fighters in the vicinity of Homs, located roughly 60 miles east of a Russian naval facility in Tartus, and were carried out by a “couple” of Russian bombers. It was not clear if the strikes targeted ISIS, Al Qaeda or other forces opposed to Assad, who Moscow is aiding. According to a Twitter handle belonging to the Syrian government, the Russian strikes were initiated at the request of Assad.

The development came after Pentagon officials brushed aside an official request from Russia to clear air space over northern Syria, where Moscow intends to conduct airstrikes against ISIS on behalf of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, according to sources who spoke to Fox News.

The request was made by a Russian three-star general who spoke with U.S. officials at the American embassy in Baghdad, sources said. The general, who was not identified, used the word “please” when delivering the verbal request, known as a “demarche,” according to the written transcript of the exchange.

“If you have forces in the area we request they leave,” the general said.

Putin’s goal, Ralph Peters told Fox, isn’t necessarily to take out ISIS.

Here’s a video report from Fox News:

In short, Putin has become the game-changer in the Middle East while Obama fiddles.  As usual.

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A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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