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A US Air Force F-22 Raptor flies over the Arabian Sea in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Jan. 27, 2016.

Russian fighter pilot says he beat an F-22 in a mock dogfight and locked onto it, but the Pentagon threw cold water on the claims

An unofficial account of a Russian pilot of the Su-35, Russia's top jet fighter, posted pictures claiming to show a US F-22 Raptor stealth jet flying in the skies above Syria as proof that his older, bigger jet could kill it.
President Donald Trump is adopting a new strategy for Syria that will see US troops remain there indefinitely.

Trump now plans to keep US troops in Syria until Iran gets out, which means America may never leave

President Donald Trump is reportedly adopting a new strategy in Syria that will see US troops remain there indefinitely. Now that the Islamic State has largely been defeated and driven into the desert, the Trump administration wants to focus on ensuring all Iranian forces leave Syria moving forward.
An S-300 air defense missile system launches a missile during the Keys to the Sky competition at the International Army Games 2017 at the Ashuluk shooting range outside Astrakhan, Russia August 5, 2017.

Moscow to arm Syria with advanced anti-aircraft missiles after a massive air battle downed a Russian plane

Russia will arm its Syrian partners with advanced S-300 anti-aircraft weapons systems, as well as target the electronic systems of any military aircraft that launches strikes on Syria, the Russian defense ministry revealed Monday in response to the accidental shootdown of a Russian plane last week.

Trump is beating up on Iran — and it’s making Obama look weak

President Donald Trump has, at almost every turn, defied experts on Iran policy to take a very aggressive track against Tehran and has yet to suffer a single tangible consequence. The nightmare scenarios President Barack Obama warned against have not come to pass.
15 Russians died on Tuesday when its ally, Syria, shot down an Il-20.

The loss of a Russian plane in Syria reveals how Putin is strangely powerless to protect his own troops

Russia's ally Syria shot down one of its planes on Tuesday, and it exposes how Russian President Vladimir Putin is strangely powerless to protect his own people or do much more than enforce the status quo.

The Russian military has backed down after the US Marine Corps called its bluff in Syria

Following a show of force by the US Marine Corps in Syria, Russia has backed off its earlier threats to conduct operations in an area of strategic significance for the Russians, the Syrians, and the Iranians.

Syria’s air defenses kill 15 Russian airmen in the latest embarrassing blunder

If the Russian Il-20 was on a regular patrol route of the Mediterranean, Bronk said the Israelis may have tried to plot an attack under a leg of its planned flight path, that they would have observed via local intelligence assets or in information sharing with the Russians themselves.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin inspects warships in St Petersburg in July 2018.

Putin backs off Russia’s threats against Israel, and calls Syria downing a Russian plane a ‘tragic’ accident

Russian President Vladimir Putin backed off Russian Defense Ministry threats to take "countermeasures" against Israel after Syrian air defenses shot down a Russian military plane over the Mediterranean.
An Israeli F-16I.

Russia blames Israel after Syria, an ally, killed 15 by downing a Russian plane in a wild air battle

The Russian defense ministry said: "The Israeli pilots used the Russian plane as cover and set it up to be targeted by the Syrian air-defense forces. As a consequence, the Il-20, which has radar cross section much larger than the F-16, was shot down by an S-200 system missile."

Syria accidentally shot down a Russian plane while fending off an Israeli missile strike, report says

Syria, Russia's ally in a prolonged proxy war in the region, previously claimed its air defenses "intercepted a number" of Israeli missiles headed towards the city.