An additional major build-up? Russians are in Syria for the long-haul.
From the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter and copied more or less in entirety this story:
"Russia flies 2,000 mercenary troops into Syria"
"Russia is engaged in a major buildup in Syria, both in support of the de-escalation zones established in conjunction with the United States, and in order to solidify its military control of the country."
"DEBKAfile's military and intelligence sources reported exclusively on Wednesday, August 2, that 2,000 mercenaries had just been airlifted into the country, boosting to a total of 5,000 the number of mercenaries on hire from the Wagner Group private contractors for service under the Russian flag in Syria. They are all retirees from elite units of the Russian ground forces, air force or navy."
"In another new Russian project, our military sources also report the arrival in the past few days of Muslim troops from the republic of Ingushetia. Although clad in Russian military police uniforms, they are actually commandoes trained in anti-terror warfare. They have been posted as 'ceasefire monitors' at the three de-escalation zones established by Russia and the United States along the Syrian borders with Israel, Jordan and Iraq.".
"The placement of Russian Muslim forces or hired mercenaries on Israel's northern border - in the guise of ceasefire monitors - poses a serious problem for Jerusalem. Russia's record for keeping its promises and commitments on its military moves in Syria is far from good. The US has confirmed that Russia gave Israel a commitment that Iranian and pro-Iranian forces, including Hizballah, would not be allowed to approach the Syrian-Israeli border."
INGUSH PEOPLE MUSLIM! HARDLY CAN THE ISRAELI BE HAPPY WITH THIS SITUATION EVEN BEYOND WHAT ALREADY EXISTED!
Wagner Group I had never heard of. Private military force in the manner of a Blackwater, Sandline, Executive Outcomes, etc.