Militants in Syria Down Russian Fighter Jet, Kill Pilot

Syrian Airstrikes Kill Civilians in Northern Rebel Territory

The Russian Defense Ministry stated that the pilot managed to eject from the aircraft and survive, but was killed during a subsequent battle with terrorists.

Another video then shows jubilant rebels celebrating as the wreckage burns on the ground, sending a huge plume of black smoke into the air.

A Russian fighter jet was shot down over a rebel-held area near the city of Idlib in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Tahrir al-Sham, the extremist group linked to Al-Nusra terrorists, has claimed responsibility for the downing of the Russian aircraft, according to Reuters.

TASS reported that "according to preliminary information, the plane was shot down from a portable anti-aircraft missile system". The pilot opened fire from his pistol as the militants were trying to seize him, said the militant, who refused to be identified by his real name because was not authorized to speak to the media.

Rebel forces in Syria shot down a Russian fighter jet over the Idlib province on Saturday.

'The pilot was killed in fighting against terrorists'.

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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.

Syrian soldiers and Iranian-backed militiamen were now around 12 kilometres from Saraqeb, advancing towards the Damascus-Aleppo highway under cover of heavy Russian air strikes, two opposition sources said.

Syrian government troops launched a major offensive around Idlib in late December, backed by Russian jets. In believe that we are in a significant stage in the change toward peace and should make sure that the process led by the United Nations makes progress in Geneva, in a believable and serious way, he said.

The SU-34 Fullback was first deployed to Syria in September 2015.

The army confirmed new gains on Saturday, saying it had seized a string of villages from al Qaeda fighters, state television said, quoting a military source.

Around 1,400 delegates attended Tuesday's meeting, as part of a broader push by regime-backer Moscow to consolidate its influence in the Middle East.


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