Find the news and articles on the Russian operation in Syria. Following an official request from the Syrian government, Russia intervened in the Syrian civil war in September 2015, successfully aiding the Assad regime in its power-shift from defense to offense. Follow RT to get the news and details of the course of the operation launched by Russian government. Russian military forces’ main targets were rebel and jihadist groups, including Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and the National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces, Al-Nusra Front and the Army of Conquest. Follow RT for the news stories on the terrorist and militant groups prevailing in Syria. The major advantages of the operation carried out by Russia were recapturing Palmyra, retaking the city of Aleppo, breaking the three-year-long siege of Deir ez-Zor, and establishing full control there by the end of 2017. Visit RT.com to read the information about these and other successful actions taken by Russian troops.