Russia is using drone footage in its latest propaganda drive on the Syrian war

Published October 27th, 2015 - 05:59 GMT
Russia began conducting airstrikes in Syria in late September, but the raids haven't been targeting Daesh as the country claims. (YouTube)
Russia began conducting airstrikes in Syria in late September, but the raids haven't been targeting Daesh as the country claims. (YouTube)

There has been a lot of Russian drone footage circulating since the country began conducting airstrikes late September. But a new video brought drone video production in the Syrian conflict to a whole new level. 

A video published on YouTube last week by a Russian website appears to show Syrian government airstrikes on parts of Damascus and the rebel-held western city of Jobar. The footage is accompanied by dramatic music as it seamlessly transitions from one drone angle to another. 

And for the span of the four-minute movie, you might even forget it's real.

The video is so good, it seems fictional, with Russia and the Syrian Arab Army playing the protagonists. The propaganda video glorifies airstrikes conducted by the regime — and Russia — made painfully clear by the title: "The offensive by Syrian army on positions of terrorists."

But the Hollywood-esque footage captures real people on the ground, likely fighting for their lives in a war-torn country. The propaganda video was published on the website Russiaworks.ru, affiliated with the Russian state broadcaster VGTRK. 

Russian drones have bolstered support for the regime; these unmanned aircraft are busy with their cameras, but others are carrying dangerous arms. While Russia has claimed successfully campaigning Daesh (ISIS), maps show it's the rebels being targeted. Reuters reported 80 percent of the airstrikes have targeted positions not held by Daesh. 

By Hayat Norimine


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