Air bases

Control status

  • Regime

  • Regime

  • In dispute

  • Rebel

Syria has a large air force with air defense and ground attack capabilities. CSIS has estimated that it had 365 to 385 combat aircraft at the start of the civil war, of which around 50 percent are still in service.


  • Air defense

  • Ground attack

Ground attack squadrons provide Assad with a key advantage over the rebels while air defense plans could be targeted to make future U.S. air interdictions less risky.

Click an air base to see squadrons on the map.

Three squadrons in unknown locations are not shown.

Approximate areas with a rebel presence

*Average size at full strength.

SOURCES: Center for Strategic and International Studies, Global Security, IHS Janes’s, Institute for the Study of War, International Institute for Strategic Studies, Nuclear Threat Initiative, RAND corporation and staff reports