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How Putin Uses Israeli Drones to Bomb Civilians in Syria

Licensed to kill: A surveillance drone, designed in Israel and made in Russia, has played a shocking, pivotal role in Putin’s endless bombing campaign to rescue the Assad regime and illegally target civilians, including hospitals

Patrick Hilsman
Patrick Hilsman
Patrick Hilsman
Patrick Hilsman

When Israeli-licensed military drones first took off from Syrian air force bases to stalk opponents of Bashar Assad’s regime, shortly after Russia’s 2015 intervention, they were an oddity, newcomers to a conflict that had already featured military Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) from the United States, Iran, and Turkey.

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