There is an Air War still going on in Syria

Syrian Arab Air Force bombers are constantly pounding rebel forces across Syria.

Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer, Mig-29 Fulcrum and Mig-23 Flogger bombers are those most frequently depicted in footage emerging on a daily basis from Damascus, Idlib and any other city or village where loyalist forces fight Free Syrian Army insurgents.

Noteworthy, clear blue skies and better cameras are providing some clearer shots of the Syrian planes usually operating at high altitude.

Furthermore, Assad planes are also continuing to threaten Turkey’s borders: according to a Turkish military statement, on Dec. 27, two Turkish Air Force F-16s were scrambled to intercept a Syrian Su-24 that approached the border.

The SyAAF Fencer moved away from the border when it was only 5 nautical miles from violating the Turkish airspace.

SyAAF Su-24 2013-12-23.jpg

Similar incidents have already taken place several times since a Turkish RF-4E was shot down in Syrian airspace in Jun. 2012. On Sept. 16, a Syrian Mi-17 Hip helicopter was shot down by a Turkish F-16 after flying into Ankara’s airspace for 2 km ignoring any warning.

SyAAF MiG-23MF Idleb-Kafrunbel 2013-12-21


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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.


  1. I’ve got 2 questions:
    How many bombs are remaining?
    Can he buy new ones from russia/ (Can he build some)?

  2. I wonder if the Russians provided Assad with slightly more sophisticated MANPADS countermeasures? It seemed like videos of planes and helicopters being shot down were coming out every few days for awhile there. Nowadays, it doesn’t seem the “rebels” are doing much in air defense department.

  3. No mobile, stinger-like, AA missiles being shipped to the “rebels” or is that too much of a risk given who the “rebels” are?

  4. it is patetich that you continue to post like that: i mean that you look like be a supporter of occidental (usa,isr,gb,fr) propaganda where Assad is the black evil, and “rebels” are free innocent people who wants just the freedom of Syria. The facts are very far from that, and it is not information to continue the propaganda of who is arming and trying to invading another country since last 2 years, it is not good, it is etically disgusting because thanks to those “rebels” many many people, syrians, are dying.
    Only blind people didn’t notice that it is an aggression on a sovereign country from other countries.
    Syrian army are not “constantly pounding” rebels.. They are just doing their job: protect their sovereign nation from external invasions. They don’t have any interest to invade turkish air space, just the logic for to understand that, but here I continue to read the same music about the bad crazy assad army who invade turkey, gas children and so on.
    Pls stop it.

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