The report said the U.S. intelligence analysts believe Russia is preparing to insert combat aircraft into Syria to conduct airstrikes against anti-Assad opposition forces. Some, however, caution than Russian goal might be a humanitarian relief operation.
Operating out of an airbase in Latakia, Russian military aircraft, especially fighter jets, would be fighting on the opposite sides of U.S. warplanes in the skies over Syria, a potentially dangerous situation.
The Assad regime, and the Iranians supporting him would benefit enormously from direct Russian military involvement in the Syrian civil war.
File photo: Russian MIG-29 (Wikipedia)