US-Backed Free Syrian Army Group Shoots Down Russian Jet, Kills Pilot

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The Jaysh al-Nasr rebel group in Syria, part of the US-backed Free Syrian Army, has posted footage of its fighters celebrating the shoot-down of a Russian Suhkoi-25 jet fighter in the Idlib province of Syria. It is the first time a Russian fighter has been shot down by Syrian rebels attempting to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The plane was apparently brought down by a man-portable air defense system (ManPADS) surface-to-air missile. According to press reports, the pilot ejected from the plane safely but was killed by the Syrian rebels on the ground.

The 2017 US military spending bill provided authorization for the Department of Defense to arm the rebels with shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles or ManPADS. At the time, the Russians vigorously objected to the dramatic US move to provide sophisticated weaponry to the rebels, claiming (rightfully it turns out) that “[t]he relevant decision also poses a direct threat to aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces…”

The scenario where a US-backed, US-supplied jihadist group in Syria uses US weapons to shoot down a Russian plane and then murders the pilot on the ground should be seen as a near-nightmare escalation, drawing the US and Russia terrifyingly closer to direct conflict.
Originally posted at http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/february/03/breaking-us-backed-free-syrian-army-group-shoots-down-russian-jet-kills-pilot/

Update apparently Tharir al-Sham the Syrian Al Qaeda group shot down the jet and then killed the pilot on the ground after he ejected from the jet. Giving terrorist surface to air missiles is a huge mistake as they can now also strike commercial planes in Europe and possibly America. According to ABC

“The US State Department said it had seen reports about the incident and allegations that the United States provided missiles to groups in Syria.”The United States has never provided MANPAD missiles to any group in Syria, and we are deeply concerned that such weapons are being used,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

I suspect Turkey re-opened the arms trade as I said they would on presstv.




 

 

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