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Syria’s longstanding quagmire of a civil war has gone through several battlefield iterations.

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 file photo, U.S. forces patrol Syrian oil fields, in eastern Syria.President Donald Trump's decision to dispatch new U.S. forces to eastern Syria to secure oil fields is being criticized by some experts as ill-defined and ambiguous. But the residents of the area, one of the country's most remote and richest regions, hope the U.S. focus on eastern Syria would bring an economic boon and eliminate what remains of the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad, File)

U.S. forces patrol Syrian oil fields, in east­ern Syria, in late October. Associated Press

The Syrian con­flict has stretched on for eight years, pulling in play­ers as dis­parate as Russia, Iran, Turkey, Israel, and the US, as well as cre­at­ing the ide­al con­di­tions for the rise of ISIS. 

It’s also become anoth­er test­ing ground for tac­tics and tech­nol­o­gy.

As Russia, back­ing the Assad regime, asserts more pow­er in Syria, it’s also become a prov­ing ground for new Russian tech­nolo­gies.

“Syria is not a shoot­ing range for Russian weapons, but we are still using them there, our new weapons,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a pub­lic address last year

“When we start­ed to use these mod­ern weapons, includ­ing mis­siles, whole teams from our defense indus­try com­pa­nies went to Syria, and worked there on-site — it is extreme­ly impor­tant for us — to final­ize them and fig­ure out what we can count on when using them in com­bat con­di­tions.”

Russian state media out­let TASS report­ed in 2018 that Russia had test­ed 210 weapons in Syria. In December of that year. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov told Russian media that the Russian mil­i­tary had begun using the Tupolev Tu-160 super­son­ic strete­gic bombers, the Iskander‑M bal­lis­tic mis­sile sys­tem, and the Pantsir S1 anti-air­craft mis­sile in Syria.

But inno­va­tion has gone the oth­er way, too — the Russian mil­i­tary has start­ed devel­op­ing small drones equipped with ord­nance after see­ing ISIS deploy them in Syria. 

And in the con­flict that’s mor­phed from a pop­u­lar upris­ing against a dic­ta­to­r­i­al dynasty, swelling in the intox­i­cat­ing first flush of the Arab Spring, to become syn­ony­mous with des­per­a­tion, despair, dis­place­ment, and bru­tal­i­ty. Bashar al-Assad, whose regime is con­sis­tent­ly plumb­ing the depths of inhu­man­i­ty, is still in pow­er; and astound­ing­ly, due to the lat­est fail­ure in American pol­i­cy, stands to regain con­trol of much of what his regime lost, first to rebels, then to ISIS, then to Kurdish-led forces backed by US troops.  

Source: Business Insider (Military & Defense)

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