#PutinAtWar: Russian Bombings in Syria Continue

A quick look into Russian bombings December 3 in eastern Syria

#PutinAtWar: Russian Bombings in Syria Continue

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A quick look into Russian bombings December 3 in eastern Syria

(Source: YouTube / Минобороны России)

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In the official video, as is standard procedure, a Russian Tu-22M3 bomber appeared together with a Su-30 fighter jet (NATO reporting name: Flanker-C) that was providing aerial protection. Compared with other official videos recently posted by the Russian MoD, it lacks details with which we can geolocate the operation, similar to the video posted on November 26. The video was cropped right when the bombs began to fall in an apparent attempt to prevent details about the targets from being exposed. Judging by the only observable location in the video, the bombers were active in the vicinity (south-east) of Deir Ezzor.

Footage from the December 3rd video. Left: (Source: GoogleMaps); Top Right: (Source: YouTube / Минобороны России); Bottom Right: (Source: YouTube / Минобороны России).

TU-22M3 in action on December 3rd. (Source: YouTube / Минобороны России)

Civilian Video

On the same day (19:47 UTC) a post on Twitter by @Ivansidorenko1, claiming that Russia bombed the Al Qiţ‘ah / Al-Majawdeh Area. The video was low quality and provided little to no geolocation information.

Video of alleged Russian Air-Force bombing in the vicinity of Al Qiţ‘ah. (Source: Twitter / @Ivansidorenko1)

A possible location of this video is on the left bank of the Euphrates, northwest of Al Qat’a village. The video suggests the bombs hit residential areas. Judging by the high number of smoke plumes in the video, the aerial bombing was not carried out by pin-point Su-24 bombers (NATO reporting name: Fencer).

The video was not traceable to other social media platforms and is thus most likely unique footage of the incident.

Possible location where the video was taken. (Source: GoogleMaps)

Locations of December 3 events pinpointed on a map.



The official videos published of Russian aerial attacks in Syria have become shorter and contain fewer details than before. The official statement on the December 3 bombings did not appear on the official website, even though the raid was amplified through Russian media outlets. There is no hard evidence of Russian bombers targeting the vicinity of Al Qiţ‘ah, nonetheless, the civilian video appears to be legitimate. The transparency of Russian military operations remains sparse, and recent activities only seem to suggest this trend is worsening.

@DFRLab will continue monitoring Russia’s military actions in Syria.


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