The terror group ISIS made gains near Syria's largest city in the last 48 hours, indirectly aided by Russian airstrikes that drove Syrian Rebels and other groups out. ISIS militants seized five villages on the northern edge of Aleppo, putting them within 1 mile of territory held by the Syrian regime. Russian airstrikes in the area reportedly killed hundreds of anti-regime rebels this week. Syrian Rebels had begun to put serious pressure on President Bashar Assad's forces, are now under Russian bombardment with little prospect of rescue by their American patrons, U.S. officials said.
Over the past week, Russia has directed parts of its air campaign against U.S.-funded groups and other moderate opposition in a concerted effort to weaken them, the officials say. The Obama administration has few options to defend rebels they have armed and trained.
The Russians "know their targets, and they have a sophisticated capacity to understand the battlefield situation," said Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee and was careful not to confirm a classified program. "They are bombing in locations that are not connected to the Islamic State" group.
Yesterday, the US military suspended training Syria Rebels to fight ISIS because the US can not defend them against Russian attacks in Syria.
Russia appears to be on the fast track to restore power to the Assad regime in Syria.