its all about money from both sides. russia in the case is supporting the more credible side. after ben ghazi fell, the alqaida flag was seen waving. just like after baghdad fell, and just like after Damascus falls (if it does). common factor in the 3 was american intervention.
Donald Trump: Israeli settlement construction in West Bank should 'keep going' (Haaretz)
from the article: Clinton: U.S. willing to work with Russia for orderly Assad ouster