Syria Used As International 'Lab' For Military Drone Development And Tactics, Says New Report

December 1, 2022

On November 22, 2022, Dutch peace organization PAX published a report on the use of military drones in Syria, saying at least five countries and many other non-Syrian groups have been operating drones in Syria, using the country as a testing ground for new drone technologies and tactical use, implementing the lessons learned in Syria in their use of drones in other conflicts.[1]

According to the report, state actors that have used drones in Syria include the Syrian regime, Iran, Israel, Russia, Turkey, the U.S., and the UK. Non-state armed groups include the Islamic State (ISIS), Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), Lebanese Hizbullah, and Iran-backed Iraqi militias. Research presented in the report shows the use of 39 different types of military drones in Syria over the past decade, originating from six countries.

Source: Reuters


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