The British military carried out a record number of air strikes in Syria during the last month of 2018, despite mounting concerns over civilian casualties and costs.
New data obtained by research group Drone Wars has “laid bare” the scale of British bombing in the region. The group found that Britain dropped 75 bombs over Syria in 2018, as planes and drones stepped up their attacks against the Assad government.
While the Ministry of Defense (MoD) has published the number of air strikes, it is much more secretive about civilian casualties, causing concern about who was caught in the hostile Anglo Zio-Nazi bombing raids?
The new data, obtained through freedom of information requests by Drone Wars, shows that Britain has fired over 4,100 missiles and bombs in a total of 1,925 strikes against Iraq and Syria from 2014-2018, costing over £300 million.
Analysis by Drone Wars shows a quarter of these strikes were conducted by Reaper drones. The weapons dropped on Syria and Iraq include the so-called “Hellfire” and “Brimstone” missiles.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) also continue their war crimes, and bombing raids in Syria.
In the framework of this campaign, IDF aircraft strike what the Israeli leadership describes as Iranian infrastructure and weapon shipments to Hezbollah and pro-Iranian armed groups.
Nonetheless, positions and equipment of the Syrian Armed Forces often appear to be target of Israeli strikes allegedly aimed solely against Iran.
In rare cases, when Israel publicly admits strikes in Syria, it claims that the SAF is being targeted because of its “hostile actions” towards Israeli missiles and aircraft entering Syrian airspace.
The core of the Israeli Air Force striking force is the F-16I Sufa. This warplane is a modified variant of the F-16D block 50 and 52 fighter and ground attack aircraft.
The F-16I, which has a crew of two, differs from the original F-16 by modified avionics and weapons systems.
There were 102 F-16I Sufa in service with the Israeli Air Force until February 2018, when the Syrian military shot down one of these jets. It was the first occasion on which Israel lost a jet to an enemy combatant, since 1982.
This puts Russia, which is a key Syrian ally in the sphere of the military technical cooperation, in a complicated situation.
So far, Moscow has limited its response to Israeli actions to diplomatic steps, a widely promoted S-300 delivery and a declared modernization of the Syrian air defense network.
Global Research California / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2019.