Inside Story

What has Russia accomplished in Syria?

One year on, what has been the effect of Russia’s air campaign on Syria’s war?

It has been 12 months since Russia entered Syria’s war.

Russian air strikes began after a request from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said ISIL fighters were the target but Russian critics say there’s a different agenda.

Russian pilots are accused of targeting civilians and backing the Syrian regime suspected of using chemical weapons and barrel bombs on its own citizens.

The US government is threatening to end all cooperation with Russia if the bombing continues.

A ceasefire for the embattled city of Aleppo has collapsed. So, what’s Russia’s next move?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra


Assaad Al Achi – Executive director, Baytna Syria and Former Syria National Council Member

Robert Ford – Former US ambassador to Syria 

Pavel Felgenhauer – Military analyst