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VIDEO shows precision strike on militants that downed Russian jet in Syria

VIDEO shows precision strike on militants that downed Russian jet in Syria

Rebel fighters in Syria have shot down a Russian plane using a handheld anti-aircraft missile and killed its pilot when he open fire on them while trying to resist capture.

Rebels said the downed warplane had taken part in strikes that targeted civilian convoys fleeing along a major Syrian highway from villages that the army and foreign militias had overrun.

The Syrian opposition released footage on social media that purported to show the wreckage of the plane and the body of the pilot surrounded by fighters.

There is no immediate word from Moscow to confirm the downing of the plane or the killing of the pilot.

The authenticity of the video could not be independently confirmed.

Earlier in the day, the Observatory and the media arm of al-Qaida-linked militants reported intense airstrikes in Idlib.

Russian Federation has acted alongside its Syrian allies targeting rebels in the area.

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Syrian troops launched a fierce offensive on Idlib in late December, with backing by Russian warplanes.

UN Envoy for Syria also said that the constitutional committee agreed on at the Syrian National Dialogue Congress will comprise both the representatives of the Syrian government and opposition activists and thanked the forum in the city of Sochi for its contribution to the Geneva peace talks.

A United Nations body in October 2017 held the government responsible for a Sarin gas attack on a rebel-held town that killed more than 87 people.

The Turkish military said seven of its soldiers were killed in Syria and another was killed on the Turkish side of the border in an attack by Syrian Kurdish militiamen.

The military said Saturday's deaths were related to Turkey's operation against Syrian Kurdish-held Afrin, codenamed Olive Branch.

It is not clear which group was responsible for downing the fighter jet.

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