BTW, some more news:
'Syrian government forces have re-captured the ancient city of Palmyra from so-called Islamic State (IS), say state media and a monitoring group.
The Syrian army had been gaining ground for several days, supported by Russian air strikes. Military sources say the army now has "full control".'
So does Russia fight ISIS or not, make up your mind, guys???
Russia has faught ISIS the whole time. They have also attacked other rebel groups. It seems Russia understands that Assad moving out would create a major power vacuum. Its a matter choosing the devil you know over the one you dont.
Assad may be bad. But it does not take much of an imagination to picture something worse coming into power in that part of the world.
add me, the more the merrier.