Between foreign military influences, civil war, and the presence of Islamic extremism, Syria has become a quagmire of conflict in recent years. Now, with a litany of domestic and international military assets in play, Syria appears to have become a test bed of sorts for new military technologies — particularly for the Russian military, who has provided kinetic support to Bashar al Assad’s regime since the onset of the civil war that aims to unseat him. Everything from Russia’s answer to the Tomahawk (the Kalibr) to their alleged 5th generation fighter (the Su-57) has seen some time in Syria, and according to the commander of SOCOM, it has also become a hotbed for new kinds of electronic warfare.

“Right now in Syria we are operating in the most aggressive EW environment on the planet from our adversaries,” General Raymond Thomas, the commander of US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), told an audience of intelligence professionals at the GEOINT Symposium on Tuesday. GEOINT, in this case, is short for the United States Geospatial Intelligence.

“They are testing us everyday, knocking our communications down, disabling our EC-130s, etcetera,” he added.

The general did not specify the culprits believed responsible for disabling America’s EC-130s over Syria, nor did he elaborate on what “disabling” truly meant. However, context offers some clues. Reports released earlier this month show that Russian electronic warfare equipment has successfully been able to “jam” some of the smaller reconnaissance drones in use by U.S. advisors in Syria. There have been no confirmed reports of these drones actually be downed by this jamming equipment, but defense officials did characterize the jamming as having an “operational impact” on military operations in the region.