Video Shows Russian Mi-24 Hind Attack Helicopters In Intense Action Over Syria

Russia’s Mi-24P “Hind” attack helicopters are now operating over Syria, as clearly shown in new videos. They showed up in force with intermediate level bombing with dumb-bombs and whipping around at a couple dozen feet above the ground, popping flares and firing on, well, something, with rockets and cannon fire.
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Report: Russian Cruise Missiles Destined For Syria Crash In Iran

Yesterday, Russia fired off no less than 26 of its new Kalibr cruise missiles from ships in the Caspian Sea, all were aimed at 11 targets in Syria. Because of their launching location, the missiles had to fly through northwest Iran and northern Iraq to make it to their targets in Syria. CNN reports that a number of… »10/08/15 1:47pmThursday 1:47pm

Russia Intercepts U.S. Drones Over Syria, Launches Cruise Missiles From Caspian

Russia has upped the ante once again in Syria over the last 24 hours, launching cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea at targets in Syria. Meanwhile, information has come to light about a series of intercepts made on U.S. Predator and Reaper drones by Russian fighters operating all over the war-torn country.
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Moscow TV Forecasts Great Weather For Bombing Syria

Rossiya-24, a Russian state television station, reports the news and weather like any other TV station. But unlike most other demented news and weather shows, weatherperson Yekaterina Grigorova has added the forecast for bombing conditions over Syria to her weather report. Sunny with a chance of cluster bombs over… »10/06/15 3:58pmTuesday 3:58pm

First Video Report From Russia's Air Base In Syria Shows Su-34s In Action

Russian news site RT has posted a video report showing Su-34 Fullbacks operating at Russia’s growing airbase located south of the Syrian port city of Latakia. As far as I know, this is the first photographic evidence showing Russia’s most potent strike fighter in Syria, although they were rumored to have arrived last… »10/02/15 8:55am10/02/15 8:55am

Hawaii Air Guard F-22s Deploy To The Middle East As Tensions With Russia Build

A gaggle of F-22A Raptors belonging to the 199th Fighter Squadron, which is part of the 154th Wing of the Hawaiian Air National Guard, deployed to the Middle East yesterday. This comes as tensions are hot between the U.S. and Russia over Syria and as the F-22 seems to be in demand around the globe. »10/01/15 8:20pm10/01/15 8:20pm

Russia Begins Bombing Operations In Syria As A Bigger Strategic Picture Emerges

It was just a matter of time before Russia’s new expeditionary pocket air force in Syria began its bombing operations. Over the last few weeks Russian drones have been flying missions out of Latakia Air Base looking for targets. Now the first Russian shots have been fired in what could be a very long battle to secure… »9/30/15 5:21pm9/30/15 5:21pm

Su-25 Frogfoots And Su-24 Fencers Arrive At Russia's Burgeoning Syrian Base

New satellite imagery shows that Russia’s air combat power in Syria has exploded over the last 48 hours, with 12 Su-25 Frogtfoots adding to the four Su-30SM Flankers and about a dozen or so combat helicopters already stationed at Latakia Air Base in Syria. A dozen Russian Su-24 Fencers are also said to be on the… »9/21/15 9:16pm9/21/15 9:16pm

Perilous Puzzle: Su-30SM Fighter Jets Appear At Russia's Growing Base In Syria

The Syrian puzzle has officially become more complicated. As reported on Friday, fighter jets have arrived at Russia’s burgeoning airbase outpost south of the western port city of Latakia in Syria. New satellite images unveil exactly what type of fighters Russia has deployed: four advanced Su-30SM Flankers. »9/20/15 1:28pm9/20/15 1:28pm

Russian Fighter Jets Are In Syria, Air Force Boss Wants Raptor Base In Europe

It’s official, Russia has deployed tactical fixed-wing jets, supposedly Su-27s Flanker derivatives, along with attack helicopters, to Syria as part of its rapidly expanding outpost there. Meanwhile the chief of the U.S. Air Force in Europe wants a permanent F-22 presence in the region. »9/18/15 8:27pm9/18/15 8:27pm

No, Russia's Largest Ballistic Missile Submarine Isn't Prowling Off Syria's Coast

There have been rumors floating around that Russia’s only operational Typhoon Class ballistic missile carrying nuclear submarine, the largest submarine in the world, Dmitri Donskoy, was deployed to the Mediterranean, or more specifically, to sit off the coast of Syria. Here’s why that’s highly unlikely. »9/16/15 1:24pm9/16/15 1:24pm

The Budapest Train Station Where Refugees Are Trapped, Scammed, and, Sometimes, Helped


Standing on the platform in Budapest’s Keleti Station after guiding the final group of refugees onto the trains this past Friday evening, Ibrahim Kasem explained the situation to me. A kindergarten teacher originally from Syria himself (he speaks Arabic), Kasem is one of three translators consistently seen on the… »9/15/15 5:15pm9/15/15 5:15pm

ISIS Used This Huge Crudely Modified Truck To Attack A Key Syrian Air Base

This massive vehicle, believed to be a Belaz dump truck once used to build dams in Syria, was reportedly turned into an unstoppable suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) earlier this month. The truck’s one-way trip was part of the Islamic State’s effort to break through Al Assad’s forces guarding… »8/24/15 7:42pm8/24/15 7:42pm

Israeli Commandos Assassinated A Syrian General At His Own Party

Seven years ago, an Israeli Special Forces team near Tartus, Syria’s second largest city and a popular vacation spot, somehow managed to get near the house of a Syrian general while he was hosting a dinner party. They put bullets into his head and neck, and disappeared without a peep. Until now. »7/15/15 2:48pm7/15/15 2:48pm

A Syrian Attack Jet Went Down In Flames Near Two Contentious Borders

It appears that the Syrian Air Force has lost another of its prized Su-24 Fencer swing-wing attack jets. Some incredible photos and video popped up today showing the shattered aircraft falling to the ground while streaming flames, though there is no word yet on the status of the pilot. »6/11/15 5:34pm6/11/15 5:34pm

Dutch F-16 Pilots Now Flying Over ISIS Territory With Sub Machine Guns

After a Jordanian F-16 pilot was captured and burned alive in a steel cage, Dutch F-16 crews are being armed with Brugger & Thomet MP9 sub-machine guns. The idea being: if a pilot ejects, they can hold off the enemy long enough for a combat search and rescue unit to arrive. More firepower gives them a fighting chance. »5/21/15 7:20pm5/21/15 7:20pm

Texas Plumber's Old Work Truck Ends Up With Islamic Terrorists In Syria

How can you ever really know what happens to your car after you sell it? Unless you unload it to a friend or someone in your town, it could go anywhere in the world, for all you know. Like, say, Syria, where it ends up as an anti-aircraft firing weapon used by Islamic militants fighting in the civil war. »12/17/14 10:32am12/17/14 10:32am