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September 18, 2018

Own goal

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 8:20 am
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Looks like the Syrians might have some explaining to do to the Russians.


July 25, 2018

Middle East air combat

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 8:43 am
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Looks like the Israelis just shot down a Syrian warplane.  The article doesn’t say it but I am guessing it was an Su-25.

June 26, 2018

Russia’s drone AFV

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:23 pm
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I was unaware that Russia was fielding one of these.  Syria looks more and more like 1936-1939 Spain to me, with Russia using it as an opportunity to test their new weapons in combat.

May 27, 2018

More Russian casualties in Syria

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 4:41 pm
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Story here.

May 3, 2018

Russians lose another plane in Syria

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:39 pm
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Story here.  Looks like a bird or FOD ingestion, not combat related, but still expensive.

April 30, 2018

Big explosion in Syria

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:54 pm
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I wonder what this is all about.  I suspect the story is correct and it WASN’T an Israeli IRBM.  But, what was it?

April 15, 2018


Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 1:17 pm
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Interesting report on the weapons used in the recent strikes on Syria.  Will see if it deters Assad from using such weapons.


More info here.

February 28, 2018

Russia’s Syrian troubles

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:24 pm
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Russia has troubles in Syria.  Here is an interesting summary of the problems.

February 22, 2018

Su-57 combat deployment

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:57 pm
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It appears that Russia has deployed a couple of Su-57s to Syria for combat operational testing.  Russia appears to be using Syria as a testing ground, much like Germany and Italy did in Spain.  While the Su-57 won’t make much of a difference in ground attack operations, it is something that the US clearly has to consider their presence when operating strike aircraft over Syria.  This area is getting more tense every day.

February 21, 2018

Syrian flashpoint

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:03 pm
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Regular readers of this blog know that I keep highlighting the growing tensions between the US and China in the South China Sea.  I still think that is the place in the world most likely to be the focus of a great power conflict.  However, recent reports out of Syria indicating that US forces killed 100+ Russian mercenaries working for the Syrian government may raise an alternate flashpoint.  While I don’t think Russia is the treat that China is, Russia still has formidable capabilities and could inflict serious losses on US forces, at least in the short term.  (h/t Jeff Groves.)

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