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A Syrian Su-22 fighter jet has been shot down by a surface-to-air missile in Aleppo Province, Syrian state TV reported, adding that the pilot ejected

The Syrian Army has confirmed that an Su-22 jet was downed near Aleppo, an army representative told RIA Novosti.

The pilot of the downed plane has been taken by Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front to one of its bases, according to a rebel source cited by Reuters.

Video has surfaced on social media reportedly showing the moment of the pilot’s capture.

Photos supposedly showing the pilot have also appeared, the comments suggesting he is alive.


The ceasefire in Syria was introduced on February 27. It doesn’t apply to Islamic State (Daesh, IS, ISIS/ISIL), Al-Nusra Front and other organizations designated by the UN’s Security Council as ‘terrorists’. The cessation of hostilities deal has been struck by the Russian ceasefire center at the Khmeimim Airbase in Latakia province, and the US coordination center in Amman in Jordan.

On March 14, Russia announced that it was withdrawing the majority of its forces from Syria, as the five-month operation neared its goals.

A total of 97 armed groups operating in Syria have agreed to the ceasefire. Both IS and Al-Nusra Front jihadists have been intensifying their military action in Syria recently, especially in Aleppo province. The ceasefire has been violated at least 250 times since it began, the head of the Russian center in Khmeimim, Sergey Kuralenko, said late last month.

Syrian Forces battle with Al-Nusra near Aleppo

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