DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:00 P.M.) – Moments ago, two branches of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) said they had downed a Syrian warplane operating over the Syrian Desert in Rif Dimashq.

The FSA’s Ahmad Al-Abdo Martyrs Brigade claimed the plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire and plunged towards the ground near the village of Umm Ramam around noon on Tuesday. The allied FSA group Jaish Asoud Al-Sharqiyah also claimed the very same thing online.

Al-Masdar News was unable to confirm the claim with its military sources in Syria.

The Ahmad Al-Abdo Martyrs Brigade is based primarily in the East Qalamoun pocket but also operates alongside US-backed FSA militants in the Syrian Desert.

This news comes one day after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured over 20 strategic points from FSA insurgents in southern Syria.

On June 5 earlier this year, the aforementioned FSA factions shot down a jet of the Syrian Arab Air Force and documented the event in pictures. A pilot was killed at the time although no footage has emerged of today’s alleged incident.

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Deo Cass

The US shot down this plane like in the previous instance in yet another blatant act of war and aggression against the Syrian government forces. The FSA story is just a cover.