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In what is probably a first, RT streamed live from Latakia as Russian jets launched war missions

RT streamed real-time the operations of the Russian Su-34s at Latakia airbase.

Announced by a Tweet, for little less than 40 minutes, Ruptly (the video news agency belonging to RT) streamed live from al-Assad airbase, near Latakia, as RuAF attack planes taxied and took off to attack ground targets in Syria.

Considered the confidentiality of such wartime operations, it is at least unusual that people sitting in front of their desktop or laptop, or using a mobile device, are given the opportunity to watch combat sorties as they launch; however it looks like that Russians want everybody to see their aircraft (some of those with the Red Star and insignia still painted over) as they blast out of the Syrian airbase to conduct bomb missions.

Whether the live-stream will be repeated in the next days is unknown.

In the meanwhile, you can watch the full recorded video here:

H/T Alessandro Borsetti for the heads-up

Video: Syrian Mig-23 destroyed on the ground by the rebels

This video, allegedly filmed on Mar. 7, 2012, shows rebels hitting a Syrian Arab Air Force Mig-23MS on the ground at  Abu-Dhahur air base in the north west region of Idlib, with an AT-13 Saxhorn-2 (NATO designation for the Russian 9K115-2 Metis-M Anti-tank).

According to the Scramble Database, Abu-Dhahur is the home base of the 678 Sqn of the SyAAF.

Thanks to Bjørn Holst Jespersen for the heads-up