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Russian Attack Jet Shot Down Over Syria By Rebels, Pilot Dead

The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed that a Russian Su-25 ground attack plane was shot down over Syria by anti-Assad rebels. The pilot safely parachuted but was killed on the ground by rebel ground forces.

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Russian Attack Jet Shot Down Over Syria By Rebels, Pilot Dead

“On 3 February 2018, a Russian fighter jet Su-25 crashed when flying over the Idlib de-escalation zone. The pilot was able to report ejection from an area controlled by Jabhat al-Nusra militants (the terrorist group banned in Russia – TASS),” the defense ministry said. “The pilot was killed while fighting against terrorists.”

“According to preliminary information, the jet was brought down with a portable anti-aircraft missile system,” it added.

“The Russian center for reconciliation of warring sides in Syria alongside the Turkish side, responsible for the Idlib de-escalation zone, are taking steps to retrieve the Russian pilot’s body,” the ministry said, reported Russian state news agency TASS.

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