Rebel fighters ride on a pick-up truck in the northern Syrian rebel-held town of al-Rai, Syria. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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There is a heavy Russian presence in Syria in terms of arms, boots and bases, Iran has thousands of troops and advisers helping regime forces and Turkey is present in the north, supporting allied forces and obliterating Kurdish insurgents.Meanwhile, thousands of Iran-supported militias from Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan are also supporting the Syrian army, while the skies are alive with Russian, Syrian and coalition warplanes representing the U.S., Germany, France, Denmark and at one time even Canada.
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