: Video: Burning wreckage of Syrian jet after al Qaeda-linked rebels down plane
Politics17:49 Apr. 5, 2016
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Video: Burning wreckage of Syrian jet after al Qaeda-linked rebels down plane

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.

 

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The Syrian military confirmed the plane had been on a reconnaissance mission when it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

 

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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.

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