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Militants Claim They Shot Down “Russian” Drone Over Greater Idlib (Video)

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Syrian militants shot down on January 24 eve an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over the so-called Greater Idlib region in the country’s northwest.

The militants claimed that the UAV, which was downed near the city of Ma`arat al-Nu`man in southeast Idlib, was operated by the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS). However, the video of the UAV wreckage suggests that it was Syrian.

The UAV design appears to be similar to Iranian drones operated by the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF), such as Ababil-3 and Muhagir-4.

Last August, a UAV of the same exact type with the same black paint was shot down over the town of Hesh in southern Idlib.

The UAV design allows to suggest that it was a Syrian copy of an Iranian UAV. However, this is almost impossible to prove as Damascus is very secretive about its domestic drone program.

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