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Feb
03

Syrian rebels down Russian plane, kill pilot

Syrian rebels down Russian plane, kill pilotBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Polina Devitt AMMAN/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Syrian rebels shot down a Russian warplane on Saturday and killed its pilot on the ground after he ejected from the plane, Russia’s defense ministry and Syrian rebels said. The SU-25 came down in an area of northern Idlib province that has seen heavy air strikes and fighting on the ground between Syria’s government forces backed by Russia and Iran, and rebel groups opposed to President Bashar al-Assad. Syrians opposed to Assad see Russia as an invading force they blame for the deaths of thousands of civilians since Moscow joined the war on the side of the government in 2015.