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Syria Rearms: Russian deliveries of BMP-2s and 2S9s arrive
By Stijn Mitzer and Joost Oliemans After the first delivery of T-62Ms and BMP-1s to the Syrian Arab
Army earlier this year, new imagery coming out of Syria has now
revealed that more types of armoured fighting vehicles have recently
been sent to the coun...

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Flying under the radar, Syria's 'Special Purpose' Mi-17s
The Syrian Arab Air Force's Hip fleet is perhaps best known for its leading role in the indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas across Syria with what have popularly become known as barrel bombs, an act that has defined the usage of aerial assets during th...

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The spoils of Brigade 93, captured by the Islamic State
Boosted by the large quantities of weaponry and ammunition captured at Regiment 121 just more than a week ago, fighters of the Islamic State took overran another regime stronghold in Nothern Syria on the 7th of August 2014, Brigade 93 . This base, part of D...

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Probe-and-drogue, the story of Libya's ill-fated in-flight refuelling programme
Libya's aerial refuelling programme has only been rarely reported on since its inception in the late eighties, and suffered from a series of setbacks that ultimately led to the abandonment of the programme. Nonetheless, this ambitious project has definitely...

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Suicide drones: The Islamic State's newest threat?
The battle for Mosul has entered its seventh month of fierce fighting for the largest city in the hands of the Islamic State, with the most difficult fight for Mosul's Old City still to be fought. Facing a much stronger opponent with a large number of armou...

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Another one Bites the Dust: Major arms depot falls to Islamic State
By Stijn Mitzer and Joost Oliemans Just over a year after capturing Deir ez-Zor's Ayyash weapon depot in the largest arms haul of the
Syrian Civil War, the Islamic State has once again got its hands on
massive quantities of ammunition captured from a stor...

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Another one Bites the Dust: blabla arms depot falls to Is
By Stijn Mitzer and Joost Oliemans Just over a year after capturing Deir ez-Zor's Ayyash weapon depot in the largest arms haul of the Syrian Civil War, the Islamic State has once again got its hands on massive quantities of ammunition captured from a storag...

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Cuba is well known for its former leader Fidel Castro, its communism and its renowned cigars, exporting the latter two to numerous countries throughout the world. In contrast, its role as an arms exporter remains much more elusive. While Cuba has begun manu...

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Armour in the Islamic State, the DIY works of Wilayat al-Khayr
By Stijn Mitzer and Joost Oliemans The rise of the Islamic State from an militant group operating in Iraq to a self-proclaimed caliphate controlling large swaths of land in Iraq, Syria and further abroad has had a significant effect on the course of the Sy...

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Striking from the Dark, Jaish al-Islam fires Iranian Zelzal-2 rockets
By Stijn Mitzer and Joost Oliemans Jaish al-Islam has once again secured its place in the spotlight after firing at least two Iranian Zelzal-2 artillery rockets against regime positions in Syria on the 6th of March 2017. Jaish al-Islam had previously deploy...
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