Minutes ago, a military source informed Al-Masdar News that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has lost contact to a Syrian jet operational in the Eastern Qalamoun, a region northeast of Damascus. The warplane was targeting ISIS-held areas near al-Batraa; it is not immediately clear if ISIS’ anti-aircraft crews downed the jet or it was the result of a technical failure.
According to the source, the SAA now believes the Syrian MiG-23 jet is downed although circumstances detailing the pilot’s fate remain unclear. Moments ago, Amaq Agency also confirmed the news of the downing:
Meanwhile, rebel fighters of Ahrar al-Sham and the Ahmad al-Abdo Brigade (Free Syrian Army faction) are advancing against ISIS in the Eastern Qalamoun. As of today, rebel fighters have fully seized the Rajem Al-A’ali area, leaving them in approximately 40% control of the Al-Afai mountains.
Jabal Al-Afai was otherwise captured by ISIS along with two other hill tops last week.