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British air commander acknowledges agile Russian info ops in Syria

11 January 2018

Russian information operations during its intervention in Syria have often left US-led coalition countries struggling to respond, according to the former commander of UK air operations in the Middle East.

Air Commodore Johnny Stringer, the UK’s Air Component Commander for a year up to October 2017, told a briefing in London on 9 January that overcautious civilian and military leaders had regularly left the Russians and other actors in control of the “information space” in the Syria-Iraq theatre.

“Dignified silences will be filled by other people,” he told the event organised by the Air Power Association. “If we are not willing to operate [in the information space] we will cede it to other people.”

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