CONTENT PREVIEW
Air Platforms

Analysis: Syrian rebel video corroborates Iranian UAV strike claims

12 February 2016

A still from a video released by a Syrian rebel group on 7 February shows what appears to be a Shahed-129 carrying a weapon, purportedly north of Aleppo city. (Harakat Fajr al-Sham al-Islamiyya)A still from a video released by a Syrian rebel group on 7 February shows what appears to be a Shahed-129 carrying a weapon, purportedly north of Aleppo city. (Harakat Fajr al-Sham al-Islamiyya)

ANALYSIS

A video released by a Syrian rebel group on 7 February appears to show an Iranian Shahed-129 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) carrying a weapon, corroborating early Iranian claims that this type of remotely piloted aircraft is carrying out strikes in Syria.

Released by Harakat Fajr al-Sham al-Islamiyya, the footage showed a UAV with the same configuration and V-shaped tail as the Shahed-129. The group said the footage was filmed north of Aleppo city, an area where Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) is supporting operations by pro-government forces.

The UAV appears to be carrying an object under its left wing that appears to be similar in size to the weapons that have been seen in Iranian media coverage of the Shahed-129.



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