Middle East press foretells doom for IS

A picture taken on October 3, 2015 shows Russian air force pilots and technicians checking a Russian Sukhoi Su-30 SM jet fighter Russian Sukhoi SU-30 SM at the Hmeimim airbase, Syria.

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Russia's intensification of its military intervention in Syria, with the launch Wednesday of cruise missiles against Syrian targets, has sparked a war of words in the regional press.

Newspapers in Syria and its ally Iran are naturally delighted, since Russia's avowed target is the militant group Islamic State (IS).

But the Turkish press is still disgruntled about Russian warplanes' incursions into Turkish air space.

'The end of IS'

Some regional commentators are convinced that Russian military intervention is a positive move, one which could put an end to "terrorism" in the region.

Pundit Nourhan el Sheikh in Egyptian state-owned daily Al-Ahram says it "is a clear message that Russia will not allow extremist powers to blow away Syria and Moscow's interests in the region".

Syrian daily Al-Ba'th, the mouthpiece of the ruling party, suggests that - despite conflicting reactions from the US and the West - all parties could benefit from the move.

"What is certain right now is that this is a new turning point in the conflict and there is no turning back," says the paper.

Iranian conservative newspaper says: "If the West does not create obstacles, it could pave the way for the restoration of security in the region as well as the world."

US 'failure'
Front cover of Kuwait Al-Ra'i newspaper Kuwait newspaper Al-Ra'i claims the US "really do not want Russians succeeding in defeating IS"

Some regional pundits are unkind over the perceived failure of the US and its allies to effectively deal with IS.

Hasan Ibrahim in Kuwait's Al-Ra'i thinks "what the Americans really do not want is the Russians succeeding in defeating IS", where they failed.

But Ayman Haddad in Saudi daily Al-Riyadh feels that Russia's move is mainly a response to Nato's stance on Ukraine.

Russia feels Nato "needs a shock to stop its creeping towards Russian lands... so Russia is carrying out military manoeuvres today near the borders of the most important Nato member state: Turkey".

Talk Turkey
Turkish paper Haber Turk says "I will not call Putin again" Turkish paper Haber Turk quotes President Erdogan as saying: "I will not call Putin again"

Meanwhile, Turkish papers are unhappy with Russian incursions into their airspace, with HaberTurk quoting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying: "I will not call Putin again."

Mustafa Balbay in Cumhuriyet notes that "the one who is most offended by Russia becoming our southern neighbour is the president. How could his old friend Putin take a step that puts him into such a difficult position!"

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