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Russian Agitation in Syria a Direct Threat to US Interests

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Russia has dug in with their efforts to undermine the US in the Middle East

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As Russia continues efforts to exert influence in the Middle East, with its involvement in Syria, Vladimir Putin should be reminded that his continued support and backing of Bashir al-Assad is seen as a direct threat to the United States.

In recent weeks as Russia aggression in the conflict has increased, their actions serve to embolden the once weakened Assad and hinder US gains.

Adding to the severity of Russia’s engagement is the relationship with Iran, a backer of the Syrian regime and enemy of the west.

It is time for US officials to convey, in no uncertain terms, that America’s patience has run its course and Russia would be best served to avoid any further agitation.

Brandon Blackburn

Brandon Blackburn is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and former CIA Counterterrorism Officer. During his time in the CIA, Blackburn served multiple tours in the Middle East; including Iraq, Jordan, and in Afghanistan. Since departing the agency, Blackburn co-founded Tip Of The Spear Productions and Consulting, where he and his team work on media productions aimed at telling the stories of law enforcement and military and also consults with law enforcement and private businesses on national security related issues. Additionally, he is a Consulting Producer for “Live PD” on A&E and co-hosts and produces the Talking Terrorism Podcast, along with reformed terrorist Mubin Shaikh. Blackburn also holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA with a concentration in International Business.

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