Royal United Services Institute

Report: China Driving Armed Drone Use in Middle East

BEIRUT — The use of armed drones in the Middle East, driven largely by growing sales from China, has grown significantly in the past few years with an increasing number of state and non-state actors using them in regional conflicts.

A Turkish-backed Syrian rebel fighter uses a drone at a monitoring point near the Syrian village of Qilah, in the southwestern edge of the Afrin region close to the border with Turkey, on January 22, 2018. Turkish forces began shelling the YPG enclave of Afrin from frontier Hatay province, according …