A turning point in northern Syria… Russian forces with Iranian support began using suicide drones against the armed groups in Idlib


The Syrian opposition-controlled areas in northern Syria have begun to face a new, and more dangerous military tactic, which is the deployment of suicide drones on the front line, in a situation very similar to what happened and is happening in Ukraine.

During the past three months, these drones targeted sites of the armed opposition factions within the formations of Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (formerly the al Nusra Front).

The areas of northwestern Syria under the control of opposition factions have never witnessed such a threat before.

Looking at the tactics followed by Russia in Ukraine since the beginning of the war until now, a picture of what it’s working on now in Syria is forming.

After the Russian forces used them in the ongoing war in Ukraine, and the significant impact these drones had on the course of military operations.

By observing the course of the war in Ukraine and other arenas where Russian forces are active, the use of FPV kamikaze drones in Syria is a clear sign of transfer the use and this technology from the war in Ukraine to Syria.

The Syrian army, Iran, which is the main producer of this type of drones and Russia have almost unlimited access to commercial quadcopters (FPV), these items are extremely difficult for Syrian opposition forces to obtain.

The value of this drones is very little, few hundreds of dollars, can be equipped with missile warheads or other explosives, with a range of about 10 kilometers.

They can be used against infantry, combat vehicles, tanks, and even towed or self-propelled artillery crews if they move close to the front.

Over the past months, many sources confirmed and documented the use of this type of “suicide aircraft” by the Ukrainian army, as well as the Russian army.

These drones easily entered the tunnels and hit targets, including soldiers walking near the fronts and on the roads.

Now the same scenes are being repeated in northwestern Syria, where several posts by Syrian accounts on X showed how these drones targeted precise military sites and vehicles of the opposition factions as they were moving in the region.

Meanwhile, its unknown whether the Russians are actually leading the way in using this new tactic on the ground, and whether the Iranians are also on the line.

The Syrian government forces received, trained and even somehow started to produce some of these drones, probably with Iranian support, and currently they are trained with experience in using them.

Northwestern Syria is under the control of opposition factions and Hay’at Tahrir al Sham.

Since 2020, these areas have been governed by a Russian-Turkish agreement, which guarantees the stabilization of the fronts in a declared and unchanged manner while establishing a state of “de-escalation zone”.

Although the escalation of attacks by Syrian government forces and the use of drones has reached higher levels, the opposition factions follow the same method, with differences in type and feasibility.

From day to day, the Syrian Ministry of Defense announces downing drones that attempted to target areas in Aleppo Governorate and the countryside of Latakia Governorate.

Thus, with the escalation of suicide drones use in northwestern Syria, it has become largely believed that Russia, and Iran are starting to use them.

the use of types of drones by armed groups to attack targets of Syrian government forces, and even attacking the Russian Hmeimim base in Latakia, has been frequent over the past few years.

Perhaps one of the most striking of these attacks was the attack carried out on the Syrian Military College in Homs last year, during the graduation ceremony of a batch of college students, the incident that led to the death of dozens of those present in the square and the audience stands at the Military College.

During the past decade, the use of drones in military operations has increased, and they have had a significant and decisive impact on the course of these military confrontations, which brought about a major change and a qualitative shift in the methods of warfare and military tactics in modern warfare.

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