All Syria articles

  • News

    Israel concerned over Su-57 debut in Syria


    ​Russia's surprise deployment of Sukhoi Su-57s to a base inside Syria has positioned its new stealth fighter within the same region of operations as the Israeli air force's Lockheed Martin F-35I.

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    US cruise missile strikes target Syria's Su-22 fleet


    ​US cruise missile strikes launched against a Syrian air base in the early hours of 7 April have delivered a significant blow to the nation's air force.

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    French air force Mirage 2000Ds to receive mid-life upgrade


    France’s DGA defence procurement agency has contracted Dassault to provide a mid-life upgrade to 55 of the French air force’s Mirage 2000D ground-attack aircraft.

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    UK air strike data shows scale of involvement in Iraq and Syria


    Figures released by the UK government show 43 air strikes have been carried out in Syria by the Royal Air Force under its Operation Shader since offensive activities were extended into the country in December: only a fraction of the total since the campaign began over Iraq in September 2014.

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    UK committee urges more legal clarity on overseas UAV strikes


    An inquiry into the UK government’s targeted killings overseas using unmanned air vehicles has concluded that more clarification is needed to distinguish the legal boundaries between armed conflicts and counter-terrorism operations.

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    Israel, Russia discuss encounter over Syria


    A recent encounter over Syria involving combat aircraft from the Israeli and Russian air forces was among the topics discussed during a 21 April meeting between Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russia president Vladimir Putin.

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    VIDEO: Russia begins withdrawal of air force from Syria


    ​Russia has begun the process of removing its air force presence from Hmeymim air base near Latakia, Syria following president Vladimir Putin’s decision to cease operations in the country.

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    Israel assesses Russian and Syrian air co-operation


    ​Moscow and Damascus are reportedly carrying out joint air operations in Syria, which has caused the Israeli air force to reassess its concept of operations as it works to prevent the flow of weapons through the country to other terrorist cells.

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    Effects of UK intervention in Syria branded 'minimal'


    Defence experts have dismissed the significance of the UK’s intervention against Islamic extremists in Syria, claiming that the worth is “minimal”, and was only decided on to provide the government with a political advantage.

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    RAF deploys Brimstone for counter-IS attacks


    The UK Royal Air Force has used MBDA dual-mode Brimstone laser-guided air-to-surface missiles against Islamic State militants in Syria for the first time, as the campaign in the region moves towards countering moving targets.

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    First Typhoons and additional Tornados bolster RAF's anti-IS contribution


    The extension of the UK’s operations against Islamic State militants into Syria has seen an additional two Panavia Tornado GR4s deployed to the Royal Air Force's Akrotiri base in Cyprus, plus a new deployment of six Eurofighter Typhoons.

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    France launches Raqqa strikes after Paris terrorist attacks


    ​France has responded to the multiple terrorist attacks in Paris during the evening of 13 November by launching an aerial attack on the heart of the perpetrators’ stronghold in Syria.

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    USAF A-10s deploy to Incirlik


    The US will accelerate its air operations in Syria against Islamic State militants by deploying its Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II to Incirlik AFB in Turkey.

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    Syrian UAV activity alarms Israel


    Israeli sources have described the current activity over Syria as being a "traffic jam" of unmanned air vehicles, with the number of types involved having increased since the Russian military became actively involved in the conflict.

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    Il-20M deployment aids Russian strikes in Syria


    The Russian air force has deployed Ilyushin Il-20M intelligence-gathering aircraft inside Syria to help co-ordinate its attacks on rebel personnel, and to also follow the movements of other militaries operating in the area.

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    Russian air strikes in Syria a 'recipe for trouble', cautions Israel


    ​Russian air force strike aircraft began to attack rebel camps inside Syria on 30 September, with unconfirmed reports claiming that Moscow asked Washington to clear the required airspace of any US aircraft.

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    Sentinel to continue anti-IS ops until 2016


    The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the Royal Air Force’s Raytheon Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft will continue to be operated in Iraq and Syria until 2016, despite uncertainty surrounding the fleet's lifespan.

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    Russia, Israel to co-ordinate over operations in Syrian airspace


    ​"Hot lines" between Moscow and Tel Aviv aim to ensure the Israeli air force can continue its operations in Syrian airspace, despite the growing Russian military presence in the country, in the air and on the ground.

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    Netanyahu, Putin to discuss Russian build-up in Syria


    One of the main issues that will be discussed during an emergency meeting between Russian president Vladimir Putin and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow next week is a set of operational procedures that will avoid any potential clash between Russian personnel and the Israeli air force over Syria.

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    Israel wary of bolstered Syrian air force


    An increased Russian presence inside Syria – including on some air bases – may limit the Israeli air force's ability to perform strikes against targets in the country that are connected to Hezbollah in Lebanon.