Hearkening back to the Cold War days when communists battled opponents across the planet, the Cubans have entered the civil war in Syria, apparently to assist the Russians who are backing the Syrian regime. The leader of the Cuban military is among those to have visited Syria, according to Fox News, citing information obtained by the University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies.
The presence of Cuban special forces in Syria was also confirmed to Fox News by a US official, although the official could not say if Cuba’s top general was spotted in the country. This comes as the US is accusing the Russian airstrikes of mostly attacking rebels opposing the regime and not ISIS terrorists, also known as ISIL.
“Without getting into intelligence matters, we have a variety of sources of information that, when taken together, gives us a good degree of confidence in what we see the Russian military forces striking,” said US spokesman John Kirby in comments released by the State Department on Wednesday. “And the vast majority of targets continue to be opposition groups and not, in fact, ISIL.”
That puts Russia on the side of vicious dictator Bashar al-Assad and his allies in Iran, at least in the Syrian civil war. And according to the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, Cuba and their leadership under the Castro family is right there with them.
Fox News quoted the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies as saying in a statement, “If this information about the presence of Cuban troops in Syria now is confirmed, it would indicate that General Raul Castro is more interested in supporting his allies, Russia and Syria, than in continuing to normalize relations with the U.S.”
(By Joshua Spurlock, www.themideastupdate.com, October 14, 2015)