first published on July 7, 2018 by Sean
A high-speed drone montage of the Syrian civil war has been created and released, producing a fascinating aerial view of the brutal combat raging on the ground from multiple perspectives. The mashup takes clips from numerous factions on a variety of opposing sides, highlighting the endless cycle of violence in the relatively small Middle Eastern nation.
With the immediate adoption and adaptation of civilian-market drones and their proliferation through non-state rebellious or extremist’s groups, the inexpensive quadcopters and their often-remarkable footage are now rather ubiquitous. Intelligence gathering, indirect fire control, and limited ordinance dispersal all suddenly became accessible to even the most technologically unsophisticated groups. Accompanying these inexpensive assets, were hours of aerial footage documenting the rarely glimpsed birds-eye perspective of the modern battlefield. With all that footage out there, it was only a matter of time before someone picked out a highlight reel and set it to some music.
The montage below is one such video, drawing from the myriad of warring parties in Syria including factions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), al-Qaeda, and the Assad regime. Adding some music and editing it all together into a roughly two-minute feature, we get a fairly gripping mashup of Syrian civil war.