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October 21, 2018 | Militay situation in Syria
In Idlib: graffiti in support of Khashoggi
Syria — U.S. (Again) Only Pretends To Fight ISIS
The YPG has killed two TFSA fighters in Bilbil district of Afrin
You would think they would want to keep a low profile i.e. no faces shown? Maybe no ceremony at all? (Public one, anyway.)
You think HTS or FSA would try to kill them in Russia?
No, but fellow travelers/hardcore Islamists? Why take a chance?
Because we are not supposed to live in fear of these people.
This reminds me of "Everyone has a plan until you get punched in the face."
I hate the dog-and-pony security stuff as much as anyone, but to me this is a no-brainer. Like how cops who arrest Mafia/Cartel members wear balaclavas.
They would have to target entire pilot corps because at this point there is not a single one who hasn't done a tour in Syria
All it takes is someone who is very motivated. Maybe they just use the magic of the internet to find one pilot, one who lives close by.
Hey, no skin off of my nose, just surprised it's all public.
That's a good point. I remember some time back that guy released the vk face match app that people were using to reveal porn stars.
The military always drills opsec but people post up stupid shit on social media all the time; hopefully Russian pilots are a bit more discrete about their identities and know to protect them.
Isn't this kind of public media spotlight and ceremony typical for soldiers returning home in any country from any conflict? I would think it is in the majority of countries, whether Russian soldiers, Turkish, American, etc. There will always be people in all countries who oppose the wars their government/military are involved in. Yet I've never seen it keep soldiers' faces out of the media. Certain special ops with sensitive missions or intelligence personnel, yes.
Oh, you're right, in general. You can however make an argument that these flyers were engaged in sensitive missions in a way. Not to mention they did so much to help the SAA. And as this pilots are relatively few in number, they could be targeted more easily vs. a whole battalion returning from Syria en masse.
Just food for thought.
EDIT: Also, when interviewing them in the past while in Syria, often they would have their identities disguised, for just the reasons I was thinking of.
Y'all are really stretching the line between relevant stories and pointless feel good pieces pushing on propaganda.
How is this not relevant? They were operating in the Syrian civil war.
I've never seen any family reunions of American or French air crew operating in Syria or Iraq or the Med posted here, and can't imagine why they would be.
It's something I'd expect to see on r/all, not really relevant or in the spirit of this sub at all.