Haunting Drone Footage Captures Syrian Destruction In Stunning High-Def

Tyler Durden's picture

There’s one silver lining to Europe’s worsening migrant crisis: it ensures that the human toll from Syria’s protracted civil war doesn’t get lost in the fog of Russian battlefield glory. 

Regardless of your stance on whether the EU should be receptive to the millions of asylum seekers fleeing the war-torn Mid-East, the simple fact is that if you remain in Syria, you are risking your life on a daily basis, caught in the crossfire between a bewildering array of state actors, rebel groups, and proxy armies, all with competing agendas. 

Now that Russia and Iran have taken control of the situation (and that’s not an effort to parrot some pro-Kremlin propaganda line, it’s just a realistic assessment of the facts), it’s tempting to focus squarely on the near daily videos of Moscow’s warplanes decimating targets and on the various social media depictions of Iranian generals rallying Shiite fighters ahead of what’s been billed as the “promised” battle for Aleppo.

In other words, one could be forgiven for being swept up in the glory of the battle while forgetting that the entire debacle (which the US and its regional allies facilitated) has cost the country both its population and its cultural heritage as both have been destroyed by nearly five years of war. 

With that in mind, we bring you two haunting videos produced by frontline journalists from Rossiya 24 news channel.

They are at once breathtaking and tragic (they’re set to music, but you can always mute that) and serve to underscore just how devastating this conflict has ultimately been.

In the same vein, we close with a few searing images from Aleppo ca. 2012:

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Pabloallen's picture

Wish that was Washington D.C.

El Oregonian's picture

I see one thing here. That 6000 years really hasn't gotten us very far, now has it?

Apparently, man will not be happy until this earth is encased in a glass sea...

So very sad, indeed.

Latina Lover's picture

Aerial footage that the USSA government doesn't want you to see...war is ugly.   BTW, the Russian journalists, unlike the Amerikan MSM pressitudes/cowards, are really on the front line, filming it as it is.

bruno_the's picture

Here is a "promotion" video from the guys that made one of the above drone mix. Not really jurnalists. Just a group of dudes with cameras and drones.


cossack55's picture

True journalists require, at a minimum, a 4 star hotel and at least three trendy restaurants before deploying. 

the grateful unemployed's picture

its fun to watch them reporting from their hotel balcony, a bomb goes off a mile away, they put their drink down, the camera operator shakes the  tripod, the correspondent ducks, and somebody yells boom. okay lets adjourn to the bar.

0b1knob's picture

< Looks worse than Detroit.

< Looks the same as or better than Detroit.

palmereldritch's picture


...to wait for the script from the Pentagon.

Escrava Isaura's picture



To put into perspective: Iraq and Syria wars are "walking in the park" compared to Vietnam.


Not saying that it won’t get worse.


It will. Below is why:


The Middle East Rig Count has gone from 140 to over 400 in 15 years. About half of this increase has come from Saudi Arabia. 2000 versus 2015 rig production decline is over 50%.


Recent data on Saudi Arabia is rather hard to come by but in 2010 they had about 3,270 wells, counting half those in the neutral zone, and they produced about 9.5 million barrels of oil per day. That puts Saudi average production at somewhere between 2,800 and 3,000 barrels per day per well.


At about the same period of time, 2010, the US had about 510,000 wells producing an average on 10.5 barrels per day per well. Today about 400,000 of those wells are stripper wells producing an average of 1.8 barrels per day.





Questan1913's picture

"I see one thing here. That 6000 years really hasn't gotten us very far, now has it?

Apparently, man will not be happy until this earth is encased in a glass sea...

So very sad, indeed."


Oh, you are sooooo sad...it's not Washington DC,  its not Manhattan, it's not Tel Aviv......it's,  it's......MAN; the entire planetary population has BLOOD on their hands.  They have all been trainers, suppliers and funders of the catastrophe that has been inflicted upon Syria.  



conscious being's picture

Buuull shit. The guilty parties know who they are. Deflecting blame, you must be one of them. How's Colonel Shahak doing these days?

Adahy's picture

That is quite a generalization.  I've been in the woods pretty much the entire time, don't blame me.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Nice quote from J. Robert Oppenheimer, after he and fellow Manhattan Project scientists witnessed the very first detonation of the Atomic Bomb, who then realized the potential horror they have unleashed onto the world, but it is a total non sequitur here.  As the down-votes suggest.

TheSecondLaw's picture

Unless, of course, the quote is being used as a reference to the US, which has indeed become death and the destroyer of worlds.

OzFan's picture

"Wish that was Washington"


TheReplacement's picture

They are documenting western war crimes.  The day of reckoning will make post WWII Germany look like a vacation.  This is like when you turn a corner and see someone you know is going to stomp you to death.  All you can do is say, "This is gonna hurt" and take the first shot.  Woe is the world.

Takeaction2's picture
Takeaction2 (not verified) Pabloallen Oct 24, 2015 9:49 PM

OMG....watch that first video full screen volume up.  Wow....looks like the new Call of Duty is going to be awesome....Oh wait...


On a serious note...that is one fucked up city.  I am watching this on a 42" HD Monitor...WOW.  

PoasterToaster's picture
PoasterToaster (not verified) Oct 24, 2015 2:26 PM

What this proves is that if Americans want to deal with the US Federal Government, they need a credible military of their own.

falak pema's picture

The ME dystopia is the game of US NWO in its dying embers.

As PCR says : once the US loses its hold on the Oil Patch; once the "rollback" of NWO/neo-con "rollback" of Arab secular states is over, the world will enter a new political and energy paradigm as the Gordian knot of Pax Americana's hold on the Saud and Iran/Iraq/Emirates oil patch will be OVER; as will be the surrogate construct in NA/Deep Africa.

All those ex-US surrogates will quit a sinking ship.

Omen IV's picture

Iran turns the Sunni Hordes - ISIS, AL NUSRA, ISIL, DAESH, SYRIAN FREE ARMY - back on Saudi Arabia - as the Sunni objective  - the USA has the hottest potato since the civil war in 1860


Mecca with USA defending for the Princes doesnt work for Sunni or Shia - the SA will blow up - a big chunk of real estate that Sunni's should occupy not the Princes

monk27's picture

Couldn't happen to some more deserving guys...

Jafo's picture

Interesting thought.  What is going to happen to the Sunni hoardes in Eurabia?  How will they react when they see their overloards under attack?

blackhand's picture

Hey Arabs...

If your country is being run into the ground by a dictator, don't flee to Europe, sack up and fight for your country.

If you country is taken over and used by terrorists, don't flee to Europe, sack up and fight for your country.

The rest of the world is sick of dealing with your dictators and terrorist, sack up and fight for your country.

Once upon a time, the US did it.  Russia did it.  Even fucking France did it.


Kaiser Sousa's picture

Hey Ameridumbs -

if ur country has been taken over by Bankers that have destroyed the republic and subverted your constitution...dont watch Football... fight for your country...

Ameridumbs -

if ur citizenry has  been rendered perpetual slaves of the Moneychangers, the decendants of European Zionist International Bankers, who counterfiet worthless debt based currency into existence while destroying the living standards of the citizenry via the destruction of their purchasing power...dont salute the Flag....fight for your country...

glass house meet stones....


illyia's picture

Nice comeback (he said risking as many downvotes as you will get....)


Uchtdorf's picture

The answer is: three percent

The question is: What percent of American men were in the field at any time during the Revolutionary War fighting against England?

It's easy to ask why Syrians, Russians, Chinese (although 3% of those dudes would be a substantial number), whatever-ians don't stand up and fight for their freedom, but then we'd be left with the dilemma of explaining why the word Khardashian ever entered the public sphere in 'Murika.

TwelveOhOne's picture

Thanks for making me think about that ("why the word Khardashian") -- likely, it was part of a long con to get mutilation to be acceptable.

In my view, no amount of mutilation can turn a male into a female or vice versa.  Role playing somewhat, perhaps, but not complete conversion.

TheFutureIsThePast's picture

Americans don't need to fight, we'll VOTE ourselves to freedom! :)

Just don't try and take my guns, I enjoy taking selfies with them. Isn't that what the Second Amendment is for?

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

" we'll VOTE ourselves to freedom!"

Not sure if you're being sarcastic but if not your vote makes no difference the way politics is structured at present. Blue Team, Red Team. Same result.

MasterControl's picture

He's right, let's all move to India where honesty and integrity reigns...

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Regardless of your stance on whether the EU should be receptive to the millions of asylum seekers fleeing the war-torn Mid-East, the simple fact is that if you remain in Syria, you are risking your life on a daily basis, caught in the crossfire between a bewildering array of state actors, rebel groups, and proxy armies, all with competing agendas.

Then if this is the case when are Germany, Sweden, France, Italy and the Croatians going to demand that NATO and the umbrella that covers all of it in the U.S. military going to demand they are responsible for ALL OF IT which they are and that they need to get their fucking bases and weapons OUT permanently after 70 years!

Let's rest the blame at the feet of those who ignored and violated the UN vote count in 2003 to uproot and destroy Iraq and every susbsequent violation to the outcome the U.S. Britain and Israel has taken thereafter with coercion, bribes and threats!

lazysunday's picture

Wow a level headed article on the truth's of war. USSA has killed so many innocent civilians for 'national security intersts' and now Russia is killing innocent civilans to 'promote peace and security'. A human life these days is just a number in an excel worksheet. 

Urban Redneck's picture

It may be level headed, but the perspective is rather limited.  



Anyone over 80 in a whole host of countries outside of the Americas had a front row seat to the last big one, and as bad as the current one is (or any war for that matter- Chechnya 1&2, Algeria, countless times in black Africa) the trend is actually humanity's friend (for now).

PoasterToaster's picture
PoasterToaster (not verified) Oct 24, 2015 3:10 PM

Look at the development of industry and infrastructure in those videos.  Highways, warehouses, vast swathes of buildings to the edge of the camera.  Yet most people in the US have been told the Middle East is just a shithole that deserves to be destroyed.

This is a psychopathic propaganda campaign that acclimates people to an agenda of mass murder.

BeansMcGreens's picture

Yours is the best comment I've ever read on ZH, absolutely true.

Look at how many individuals even here say the whole place should be reduced to glass.

Nobody deserves this.

TheReplacement's picture

Oh don't fool yourself.  Those dastardly Canadians deserve every nuke that's ever been dropped on them. 

JuliaS's picture

"Americans are brilliant at marketing violence... I grew up playing Cowboys and Indians, which as an adult I can see is very strange - that you market the genocide of an indigenous people as a game for kids."

- Steve Hughes

rejected's picture

All that destruction and killing for what?  Democracy?

America will end up being more despised than even Nazi Germany or Mao Zedong's China.

Tarshatha's picture

For the Greater Israel Project.

War is their harvest.

TheReplacement's picture

I doubt the US will be left alone like China under Mao.  Next Prezzie goes down like Hitler and takes us all with.

Baby Eating Dingo22's picture

Clearly a promo for Halloween Adventure

Smegley Wanxalot's picture

that bloody face on that chick looks like one of those faked propaganda pics to me.  If she were that fucked up blood-wise she'd be on the ground.

That's not to say I dont believe Obama doesnt smile when he sees that.  He does, that much is clear.