[ Note: Mr. Khamenei of course is correct on his assumption of the US divide and conquer plans for the Muslim nations. But he should not feel picked on, as the same strategy is used anywhere and anytime it appears it could work.
Religious disputes have bathed the planet in blood throughout history, with both Muslims and Christians partaking to their fullest, and before that we had the tribal version, and still do.
With the US coalition’s proxy terror war effort getting a good thrashing by the Syrian coalition it came as not surprise the Washington, Turkey and Israel and the Gulf States were all looking for any kind of victory they could grab. One might want to inquire how many of those those countries Special Ops people might have participated.
Poor surveillance was the main error on the Russians’ part but they have had those resourced hard pressed in supporting the many ground operation taking place where the troops morale depends on visible close air support. It looks like Palmyra was the last on the list and hence first on the target list… JD ]