Syria's military confirm plane on reconnaissance mission was hit by surface-to-air missile
Shot out of the Syrian sky.
Islamist rebels from the al Qaeda-linked Al Nusra Front have downed a warplane and captured the pilot, south of Aleppo. The burnt wreckage of the plane is shown in this video uploaded to social media. It can't be independently varified.
The Syrian military confirmed the plane had been on a reconnaissance mission when it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.
The attack happened in an area where anti-Assad forces have come under heavy bombardment recently – by both Syrian government and Russian airstrikes.
A so-called 'cessation of hostilities' was agreed over a month ago – although the truce deal excludes areas where ISIL and the Nusra Front are present.