The Hunt: Syrian rebels mobilizing to fight Russian troops

April 17, 2024 | 'If they start shooting down Russian planes, that would be really serious.' (WTOP's JJ Green talks with Richard Barrett of the Soufan Group)

A large coalition of Syrian rebel groups got together this week and began organizing efforts to defeat what it calls Russian occupation.

Richard Barrett, senior vice president at the Soufan Group says the situation is reminiscent or perhaps even worse than what happened to the Soviet military in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

J.J. Green

JJ Green is WTOP's National Security Correspondent. He reports daily on security, intelligence, foreign policy, terrorism and cyber developments, and provides regular on-air and online analysis. He is also the host of two podcasts: Target USA and Colors: A Dialogue on Race in America.

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