Russian Operation in Syria Shows Army Reform Success – Tokyo

A Russian serviceman, left, trains Syrian soldiers to search and detect explosive devices in Palmyra. File photo


Russia’s operation in Syria demonstrates success in the army reform and progress in the country’s transformation into an influential power, the Defense of Japan 2016 published by the national Defense Ministry on Tuesday said.

TOKYO       Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups. On February 27, a US-Russia brokered ceasefire came into force in Syria. Terrorist groups such as Daesh, as well as Jabhat Fatah al Sham (previously known as the al-Nusra Front), both outlawed in Russia and a range of other states, are not part of the deal.

“Rapid deployment of armed forces on a remote territory [Russia’s military operation in Syria], fulfillment of tasks in limited time terms can be estimated as a result of the army reform,” the document said.

“Russia has been through a period of national recovery and consolidation, and having new economic, civilization and military might it seeks to transform into an influential power in a bid to build a prosperous nation,” the document added.