US-Led Coalition’s Multiple Airspace Violations Rattle Syria and Russia: Tensions Escalating

Series Of Airspace Violations Have Shaken The Region

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Series Of Airspace Violations Have Shaken The Region (Photo: Pexels)

 

Amid escalating tensions, reports emerge of the US-led coalition’s aircraft breaching Syrian airspace or committing multiple airspace violations repeatedly. It triggers concerns over potential clashes with Russian forces.

In the past 24 hours, a series of airspace violations have shaken the region. The airspace violations also raised questions about the adherence to established deconfliction protocols. According to Rear Admiral Vadim Kulit, deputy chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria, the coalition’s aircraft committed a total of 16 airspace violations. These incidents where the coalition committed multiple airspace violations involved a mix of fighter jets and drones, including F-16, F-35, MQ-1C, and other variants. Notably, these airspace breaches or committed airspace violations occurred near the al-Tanf area, a region traversed by crucial international air routes. (See reference here: TASS)

A particularly concerning episode of the airspace violations that were committed involved an MQ-9 drone operated by the US-led coalition, which reportedly approached a Russian Su-35 fighter jet at a perilously close distance near the city of Raqqa. The incident marked another instance where these unmanned aerial vehicles demonstrated disregard for established deconfliction protocols. The Russian pilots, however, managed to avert a collision by taking swift and decisive measures.

Airspace Violations Of Deconfliction Way December 9, 2019, Heaped More Coals To The Existing Heated Tension

What compounds the situation is the reported airspace violations of deconfliction protocols that were established back on December 9, 2019. Kulit revealed that within the past day, 14  airspace violations linked to the coalition’s drone flights were documented. Furthermore, highlights the pattern of disregard for established agreements. These lapses in communication and coordination increase the risk of unintended clashes between the different forces operating in Syrian airspace.

The incidents punctuate the complex nature of the situation in Syria. Multiple factions in Syria operate within close proximity. The tense encounters between coalition aircraft and Russian fighter jets accentuate the need for fastidious adherence to deconfliction protocols to prevent further escalation and airspace violations. The Russian pilots’ ability to avert potential collisions as the ramifications ensued from airspace violations demonstrates their professionalism in the face of heightened risks. (See reference here: AA World Middle East)

As the region continues to scuffle with instability and power dynamics, the recent airspace violations serve as a reminder of the delicate balance that must be maintained. The airspace violations also serve as a poignant reminder to prevent unintended conflicts. Both sides must prioritize effective communication. Additionally, adherence, to established protocols to mitigate the risk of clashes could have far-reaching consequences in the already volatile region.

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