|Author (Person)||Fainberg, Sarah|
|Publisher||French Institute of International Relations (IFRI)|
|Series Title||IFRI Policy Papers: Russie.Nei.Visions|
|Series Details||Number 105|
|Publication Date||December 2017|
|Content Type||Research Paper|
This article focuses on a little-explored aspect of Russia’s intervention in Syria: the new and diverse expeditionary forces engaged on the Syrian frontlines alongside Russian regular armed forces.
Syria represents the first battlefield in which the Russian Federation has, in a coordinated manner and on a large military scale, deployed and activated a contingent of expeditionary forces including the new Special Operations Forces (SSO) and different categories of special forces (Spetsnaz); the newly created military police; military advisers and technicians; as well as "volunteers", "contractors" (kontraktniki) and other paramilitaries working on behalf of private military companies.
|Subject Categories||Security and Defence|
|Subject Tags||Wars | Conflicts|
|Keywords||Syrian Conflict | Crisis | Civil War (2011- )
|Countries / Regions||Russia, Syria|