Russian Fighter Jet Shot Down By Syrian Rebels, Pilot Killed

A Russian Su-25 warplane was shot down above Idlib province by Syrian rebels, the first Russian fighter jet downed above Syria since 2015, and its pilot was reportedly killed. A Russian defense ministry official confirmed the plane was shot down: "The plane was flying around the de-escalation zone of Idlib," the Russian military stated.

The plane is said to have been downed in a rebel-held area of north-western Syria near Maasaran in Idlib.

Video posted on social media appeared to show the plane being hit, while other video showed burning wreckage with a red star on a wing.

Locals tweeted more video of the flaming wreckage on the ground.

The Russian Ministry of Defense said that the the pilot ejected himself from the downing aircraft and survived the crash, but was killed during a fight with terrorists. Photos and a video posted on Twitter reportedly show his dead body: "The pilot reported on a bailout in an area controlled by rebels Jabhat al-Nusra. When conducting a fight with terrorists, the pilot died," the Defense Ministry said.

According to the ministry, Russia and Turkey, peace guarantor in Syria's Idlib de-escalation zone, are taking all possible efforts to bring the body of the killed pilot back.

The Russian Ministry of Defense also said that the aircraft might have been shot down with the help of a man-portable air defense system.

Russian aircraft supporting Assad’s army have been targeting Syrian rebels in the area of Idlib province.

Russia has acted alongside its Syrian allies targeting rebels in the area. Syrian government troops launched a major offensive around Idlib in late December, backed by Russian jets. The UN says some 100,000 civilians have been displaced.

The Syrian Observatory told Agence France-Presse there had been dozens of Russian air strikes in the area over the past 24 hours.

Hardline rebel groups including the jihadist, al-Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham are active in the north-western province. Russian air force losses have been rare since it began its Syria campaign in September 2015. About 45 Russian military personnel have been confirmed dead in Syria, along with an unknown number of contractors.


infotechsailor HowdyDoody Sat, 02/03/2018 - 13:50 Permalink

John McCain and Obama state department private mercenaries on the ground doing their job to fight Syrian and Russian forces. Will be interesting to see if Turkey and Russia make a deal to go in with Turkish ground forces to clean up the terrorists. Only concession the Russians will have to make is to allow Turks to continue slaughtering the Kurds in Syria and Iraq. Nothing that the American military hasn't Allowed as well. How you think America talked Turkey into allowing US forces to use the Turkish air bases? 

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marcusfenix HowdyDoody Sat, 02/03/2018 - 15:02 Permalink

Yeah the Grozny contingency is in progress as we speak.  I don't expect many of these "rebels" to survive the next few days.  

What the air strikes and cruise missile attacks don't kill, the spetsnaz will. 

They probably should not have killed that pilot and they definitely should not have posted his body on social media. That's just pure stupidity and the quickest way ensure the Russians go into full on obliteration mode. So I've got to wonder why these terrorists rats would be so idiotic, I mean they are on video,  in a well known location, showing there faces while bragging over the dead Russian pilot they just killed. 

Look up stupid in the dictionary and these guys pictures are filling the whole fucking page. 

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Ms No DitchMitch Sat, 02/03/2018 - 19:41 Permalink

From the videos on RT it looks like they killed him by gunfire right as or after he hit the ground.  At least he wasn't tortured.  He had a fighter buddy hauling ass that was just literally one minute to late to give him any cover.  Sad.  It's sad watching Russia be so heroic while Langley funds terrorists in our name.  I bet it's a very bad day for that other pilot that was right there but just barely to late to do shit.

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Ecclesia Militans GunnyHerd Sat, 02/03/2018 - 12:24 Permalink

Chris Stevens and his rough riders were in Benghazi to push MANPADS from Khaddafi's warehouses into Syria, ostensibly to give proxy fighting forces resources to interdict the Syrian air force.  These were never meant to be fired at Russian aircraft.  Russians knew what they were getting into; the idea that there are Russian "contractors" on the ground is hilarious.

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Ms No Brazen Heist Sat, 02/03/2018 - 19:25 Permalink

I still don't understand why Putin allowed them to have their no conflict zones from which to safely organize chaos from.  If they can't politically afford to do anything then they should let the Turks do it.  The Turks owe everybody bigtime anyway and if they are willing to take the risk that it follows them home, then let them.  Sputnik said Russia launched a retaliatory attack and got at least 30.

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fleur de lis macholatte Sat, 02/03/2018 - 12:08 Permalink

CIA teachers and students will run like street rats because they know what is coming now.

The least Langley could do is tell their employees to stay away from Ruskie jets, and above all not to kill Ruskie pilots on the ground.

But alas, Langley be Langley and now the whole place will be pulverized.

DC Swampites  had better not have one word to say to Putin about this except 'do what ya gotta do.'


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BigJim Never One Roach Sat, 02/03/2018 - 13:35 Permalink

I don't know who these guys are, but 90% of their conversation appears to be them telling each other how great God is.

You'd think they'd consider the matter settled by now, and move onto some other topic.

Imagine sharing a cell with these doofuses:

Omar: God is Great!
Muhammed: God IS great!
Hussein: GOD is great!
Amir: God is GREAT!

(rinse, repeat)

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Blankone fleur de lis Sat, 02/03/2018 - 12:43 Permalink

When when when?
Now Putin's Gonna Do IT!
Don't Poke the Bear!
Red Line Drawn!

The killed Putin's general in Syria recently.
Russia's airbase in Syria has come under direct fire.
They killed russian diplomats.
The killed Putin's business associates and friends.
They killed the beloved russian choir.
The took down a russian airliner.
They sanction lists/put on detention list russia's key business leaders.

How many US jets have been shot down?
Time for Putin to fly even more of his fighter jets back to russia (again).

Take note that the pilot ejected and lived until on the ground. Russia's forces were unable to support or fly protection for him as the enemy hunted him down and killed him. They were even able to gather around his body and celebrate.

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NoWayJose Donald J. Trump Sat, 02/03/2018 - 15:13 Permalink

We assume the pilot fought the rebels with a gun - but what if he used words?

Russian pilot: You don't frighten me, Muzzie pig dogs. Go and boil your bottoms, you sons of a silly person. I blow my nose at you, so-called ISIS, you and all your silly rebels!

I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!

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