Moments ago, ISIS militants equipped with advanced anti-aircraft weaponry managed to down a Syrian Air Force jet on the perimeter of Dumayr Airbase.

While nothing is confirmed just yet, preliminary reports suggest that the pilot and co-pilot managed to eject via parachute into a nearby Syrian Arab Army (SAA) controlled area.

According to ISIS media, this picture purports to show the downed Syrian jet:
ISIS media downs jet

While the town of Dumayr is currently contested between Jaish al-Islam rebels and ISIS fighters, the Dumayr airport on the town’s southeastern vicinity remains under government control and fully operational.

Less than a week ago, al-Qaeda rebels (Jabhat al-Nusra) also downed a Syrian jet in the southern countryside of Aleppo. However, during that attack both pilots were captured by the al-Nusra Front.

Recently, ISIS fighters launched several attacks in the eastern of Damascus, thus targeting both Dumayr Airbase, several nearby checkpoints and the Badia cement factory. The latter was seized by ISIS insurgents while the overall offensive was mostly repelled by the SAA.

However, the capture of Badia cement factory caused ISIS to take some 300 Syrian workers as hostage, mostly from non-Sunni minorities. Their fate, along with the pilots downed moments ago, remains unknown for now.

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Robert Angelo
Robert Angelo
2016-04-11 16:44

A lot of Syrian jets have been getting shot down lately

Nikko Moutafoglou
Nikko Moutafoglou
2016-04-11 16:47
Reply to  Robert Angelo

Thought the same

Yonatan
Yonatan
2016-04-11 18:50

They are old 1970’s – 1980’s jets, probably 35 years old if not more. They do not carry modern countermeasures, not even flare decoys. They are probably too old to retrofit the equipment to anyway. The Syrian pilots have got guts flying these things anyway, irrespective of the use of MANPADS.

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-04-11 22:00
Reply to  Yonatan

The video was posted, but you just see the smoke, so the plane could have perfectly have simply crashed itself due to mechanical failure : knowing how the daeshbags proceed, they wouldn”t have missed filming one of their retards shooting a Dtinger then the missile blowing the plane… In fact, on tehir video, it could even be burning tires! Another propaganda failure..

yus
yus
2016-04-12 15:35
Reply to  daeshit sucks

ptuihhh….to you

AbdouKhouli
AbdouKhouli
2016-04-11 16:37

MANPADS with ISIS now? great. I hope Russia will sell Syria some jets soon, that’s 3 lost in a month.

Chelsea4Life
Chelsea4Life
2016-04-11 16:35

most of got their hands on rebel MANPADS

Ricardo Ferreira
Ricardo Ferreira
2016-04-11 17:11

I’m not religious, but i pray for the 3oo workers, Long live the PROLETARIAN!

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neill wadsworth
2016-04-11 17:21

my money is on it being a mechanical failure, most SAAF jets are well past a good servicing. airframe flight hours must be ridiculous by now.

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-04-11 17:24

“managed to down a Syrian Air Force jet on the perimeter of Dumayr Airbase.” => They probably managed to smurgle a ManPADS near the airbase and shot it in a landing or taking-off phase : these little missiles have a very limited range, generally about 5km and are inefficient once the jet is over 3500 or 4000m high… It was most probably a Su-22M or a Mig-23, these having a single engine and all may not having been retrofited with the addition of shaff/flares dispensers : once the russian Su-22M in Afghanistan were equiped with flares, just one was lost… Read more »

yus
yus
2016-04-12 15:36
Reply to  daeshit sucks

ptuihh again

Dennis Khan
Dennis Khan
2016-04-11 17:35

They just avoid to down US or Turkey Aircraft.friendly’s…

Tata Soria
Tata Soria
2016-04-11 18:35

Two old soviet era combat Jets

Tata Soria
Tata Soria
2016-04-11 19:07

How many is a lot? 2. 5. 10 100?

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-04-11 22:29
Reply to  Tata Soria

For daeshbags, a lot is 2… For SAAF which has +650 aircrafts, a lot would be 100 or 200, but hey, RuAF has an enormous amount of retired airplanes in storage. They are stored after being fully revised and need little refit to be put again in the air. All I can say is that, when brokered on civilian market, you can find an old Mig-21 for as low as 30k$ and old Mig-15 and Mig-17 can go down to 15k$… But, mos of time, they finish in museums : the problem with an old jet fighter is not its… Read more »

Alexandru Candet
Alexandru Candet
2016-04-11 20:00

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