No people can live in the past, not even in its own past. But if it no longer has a link with its history, it must of necessity perish. Persian [history is] crowded with hardship and glory, ordeals and hopes.
Be Nâme Khodâvandeh Jân-o Kherad
[In the Name of the Lord of Life and Wisdom]
The strategic initiative on the complex Syrian battlefield seems to have swung in the favor of beleaguered President Bashar Al Assad. The Russian aerospace forces have played a key role in this change of fortunes.