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:

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In early July 2016, Syrian pilot Nawras Hassan was similarly downed in the very same Eastern Qalamoun region; shortly after, Mr. Hassan was executed by extremest factions.

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.

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Syrian air force gives close air support to US-sponsored FSA rebels and is shot down by ISIS with a US-provided MANPAD?

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Chris, if it’s not clear why the jet crashed, why does the headline say ISIS downed it?

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If you consider Daesh’s reports, they downed more USAF jets than USAF has deployed in Syria, LOL… Now, especially with old single-engine airplanes, you always lose more jets from technical failures than by air defences, even in a cases where the defences were really huge. In fact, the biggest aircraft downer in the 60 last years is the quadruple 23mm AA gun named Shilka (ZSU-23-4) which is devastating against low flying aircrafts. Modern CIWS like Phalanx or AK-630M2 would be so if mounted on heavy APCs, the 2nd would even be totally devastating even against tanks BTW as it can… Read more »