Militants in Syria claim to have shot down fighter plane

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UN Supports Results of the Syrian Negotiations in Sochi
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04 February, 2018

The approximate area where a Russian jet was reportedly shot down near Idlib, Syria.

Footage posted on Twitter apparently shows rebels approaching the flaming wreckage, with a red star symbol visible on a piece of the plane.

Just days prior to the reports, a video of a Su-25 jet apparently being attacked by militants firing anti-aircraft guns was published by a pro-rebel group Edlib Media Center.

Although the Russian pilot escaped the crash, he was killed by rebels who had tried to capture him, the source said. One of the armed men shouts: 'He is Russian'.

It happened in a rebel-held area near Idlib in the north of the country.

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

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On November 19, the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group was flushed out of its last stronghold in Syria's Al-Bukamal. The different Syrian sectors should shape that commission: the Government, the opposition, the civil society, the different ethnic and religious groups, women, experts on the Syrian issue and others, he said.

The head of the observatory, Rami Abdurrahman, said the plane could be Russian.

Russian Federation have been carrying out dozens of air strikes in the area over the past 24 hours, and the aircraft was one among them.

Opposition factions have shot Syrian regime planes in the past, but downing Russian warplanes is much rarer. This plane was also carrying out raids there, ' said Abdel Rahman.

Mattis did not say why he deemed the Sochi peace effort a failure, but stressed the UN-backed process in Geneva, brokered by United Nations special envoy de Mistura, was "on track again for all the people who've questioned we'd ever get there".

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


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