BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:15 A.M.) – On Tuesday, jihadist militants of the Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda) terrorist group shot down a Syrian Arab Air Forces warplane with a shoulder-launched surface-to-air missile. Not long after the event, the organization’s media arm released footage of the engagement.
The Syrian jet, a combat-modified version on the Czech-built L-39 trainer, was engaged over the skies of Hama province whilst it was on a sortie to attack terrorist forces in the region.
Initially, the Free Syrian Army took credit for the kill, claiming that it had downed the government warplane with machine gun fire.
However, this turned out not to be the case as within hours Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham released footage of its fighters using a Strela shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missile to knock-out the Syrian warplane.
The Syrian pilot in the aircraft reportedly survived the crash only to have his throat slit and then be shot twice in the head by the jihadists who captured him.