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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 …

IDF Delayed Downing Syrian Drone Fearing It Was Russian

TEL AVIV – The IDF said it waited 15 minutes before downing a Syrian drone that entered Israeli airspace on Wednesday afternoon in order to ensure that it was in fact an enemy UAV and not operated by Russia. 

Israel fired two Patriot missiles at a drone that "infiltrated" from neighbouring Syria

WATCH: Israel Intercepts Incoming Drone from Syria

The Israel Defense Forces shot down a Syrian drone that penetrated several miles into Israeli territory from Syria on Wednesday, apparently sending fragments of the aircraft crashing into the Sea of Galilee, the military said.

An Israeli soldier looks at an Iron Dome missile as it launched near the city of Ashdod, Israel, to intercept a rocket fired by Palestinians militants from Gaza Strip, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Israeli strikes hit two media centers in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, as Israel warned it was …

Top Intel Official: Iranian Drone Was Retaliation for Mossad Stealing Nuke Files

TEL AVIV – The explosives-laden Iranian drone that infiltrated Israeli airspace in February was a possible retaliation for the Mossad’s theft of Iran’s nuclear weapons archive, a senior Israeli intelligence official told Ynet, adding that the few Iranians who were privy to the existence of the trove attempted to recapture it immediately from Israeli operatives.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presents material on Iranian nuclear weapons development during a press conference in Tel Aviv, Monday, April 30 2018. Netanyahu says his government has obtained "half a ton" of secret Iranian documents proving the Tehran government once had a nuclear weapons program. Calling it a "great …

Syrians Suffering Under Regime Welcome Israeli Strikes

TEL AVIV – Syrians who are being persecuted by the Assad regime have expressed support for Saturday’s airstrikes by Israel in the embattled country, social media posts in the days since have shown.

Lebanon Israel Syria Flames rise from a missile, which according to the Lebanon national news agency appears to be part of a Syrian air defense missile targeting an Israeli warplane which landed in a lemon grove, in Hasbani village, southwest Lebanon, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. Lebanon is protesting Israel's use …

Israel: We Caused ‘Significant Harm’ to Syrian Air Defenses

TEL AVIV – Israel caused serious harm to Syria’s air defenses with Saturday’s strikes, the IAF Air Staff Commander Brig. Gen. Tomer Bar said after the IDF responded to the incursion of an Iranian drone in Israeli airspace.

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Israel Intercepts Drone Approaching from Syria

The IDF launched a Patriot missile on Saturday, which successfully intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) coming from Syria approaching Israeli airspace near the Golan Heights border. The Patriot was launched from the area surrounding the northern city of ​​Safed, with residents of the area reportedly hearing explosions.

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Germany Tests Israeli-Made Heron Drone In Mali

TEL AVIV – After signing an $100,000 deal with Israel, Germany carried out its first successful mission last week in Mali using the Israeli-made Heron 1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

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Israel Aerospace Industries UAV Crashes in Northern Israel

Ynetnews reports: An Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron 1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crashed during a training flight near Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel on Tuesday afternoon. The UAV crashed into a house in the village of Zalafa in Wadi Ara,

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Pentagon: Spy Drone Flights over U.S. Have Been Safe, Lawful, and Rare

In response to a Freedom of Information Act Request, the Pentagon has released a report from March 2015 that describes surveillance drone flights over the United States. The report says fewer than 20 such flights were made between 2006 and 2015, all of them for “non-military” missions, although the exact details of those missions were not revealed.

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Iran to Unveil Drone at Ceremony Featuring Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan

The Iranian regime will host a ceremony and official unveiling of its new drone, the “Shahed 129,” this Thursday, which, according to Iranian state-controlled outlet Tasnim News Agency, will be attended by Nation of Islam head Louis Farrakhan. “Shahed” is Persian for “eye-witness.”

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FAA to Announce Registration Rules for Recreational Drones

With a constant string of near misses in airports across the nation and conflicts between neighbors over allegations of spying, federal regulators have been reviewing possible rules for privately owned, recreational unmanned aerial vehicles, often called drones. Now regulators have announced plans to force owners to register their devices with the federal government.

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Turkey Threatens to Shoot Down Planes That Violate Its Airspace

On Friday, Turkey shot down a drone aircraft that violated its airspace. U.S. officials believe it was a Russian drone, although the Russians deny losing any of their equipment. Saturday brought a warning from Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu that his country is prepared to fire on manned aircraft, as well.

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