The Russian military has figured out how to jam some U.S. military drones in airspace over Syria, NBC News reported on Tuesday, citing four officials.
“The Russians began jamming some smaller U.S. drones several weeks ago, the officials said, after a series of suspected chemical weapons attacks on civilians in rebel-held eastern Ghouta. The Russian military was concerned the U.S. military would retaliate for the attacks and began jamming the GPS systems of drones operating in the area, the officials explained,” NBC reported.
Russia has stepped up its offensive in Syria and has grown increasingly concerned that the U.S. will retaliate. Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia on Monday warned the U.S. of “grave repercussions” if it attacks Syrian government forces over reports of a deadly chemical weapons attack.
At least 40 people died last week in a chemical attack in the southern city of Douma, according to the White Helmets, a volunteer relief organization that conducts searches and rescues and medical evacuations in Syria.
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