Syria Army Makes Fresh Gains in Aleppo, Idlib

Javier Howell
February 4, 2018

In other videos locals run up to the flaming wreckage of the military where it crash landed.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has released footage of a precision strike targeting terrorists in Idlib, north-west Syria, in retaliation for the earlier downing of an Su-25 jet and the killing of its pilot.

The Russian media quoted an official source confirming that an SU-25 has been shot down. A report on the ministry's Zvezda TV said preliminary information indicated the plane was shot by a portable ground-to-air missile in an area under control of al-Qaida's branch in Syria.

Militants shot down the plane in an area controlled by al-Nusra Front fighters, according to the RIA Novosti report. The pilot is confirmed to have been killed despite managing to jump off the jet.

With the help of Russian forces, the Syrian government has managed to take back much of the country held by rebels.

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

The violence in Idlib came as fighting raged between Turkish troops and Turkey-backed opposition gunmen with Syrian Kurdish fighters in the northern Syrian enclave of Afrin.

Russian air force losses have been rare since it began its Syria campaign in September 2015.

It comes as a Syria peace congress hosted this week by Russian Federation in the Black Sea resort of Sochi has been snubbed by Syria's main opposition and the Kurds. Videos online showed militants surrounding the body of a man they said was Russian.

But the main opposition group, the Syrian Negotiations Committee, boycotted the meeting as did representatives of Syria's Kurdish minority.

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