Russian Fighter Jet Shot Down in Syria

by Susie Olson February 4, 2018, 1:27
Russian Fighter Jet Shot Down in Syria

A Russian Aerospace Force Su-25 fighter jet was shot down by Syrian rebels on Saturday in Idlib Province in northwestern Syria, near the Turkish border.

The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed that an Su-25 close-support military aircraft was shot down on February 3 and the pilot was killed. A report on the ministry's Zvezda TV said preliminary information indicated the plane was shot by a portable ground-to-air missile in an area under control of al-Qaida's branch in Syria.

A Russian Air Force Sukhoi-25 fighter jet flying over the Syrian city of Saraqib, southwest of Aleppo.

Earlier reports said that Syrian governmental forces were fighting against Jabhat al-Nusra units in the Idlib province.

Idlib has always been the region where civilians and fighters have gone as they fled rebel-friendly areas under siege by the Syrian regime.

Syrian government warplanes killed seven civilians and injured dozens of internally displaced people in Aleppo as air strikes and shelling intensified across rebel-held areas in Syria.

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The Syrian opposition released footage on social media that purported to show the wreckage of the plane and the body of the pilot surrounded by fighters.

The warplane came down near the rebel-held town of Saraqeb, which Syrian troops have been trying to take under the cover of Russian air strikes.

Tass news agency quoted the ministry as saying Moscow retaliated with a strike from an undisclosed high-precision weapon that killed more than 30 militants in an area of Idlib province where the plane was downed.

A United Nations body in October 2017 held the government responsible for a Sarin gas attack on a rebel-held town that killed more than 87 people.

A total of 13 Turkish soldiers and at least 24 allied Syrian opposition fighters have died so far in Ankara's offensive, which started on January 20.


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