BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 A.M.) – The Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) struck a Syrian fighter jet with an anti-aircraft missile (i.e. MANPADS) while it was flying a sortie over the Idlib Governorate on Friday.
According to a military report, the Turkish-backed rebels clipped a Syrian Air Force Su-22 jet in southwest Idlib, but the fighter pilot was able to maintain control of the warplane and return the aircraft to its home base.
The Turkish-backed rebels, specifically the Free Syrian Army (FSA), have used MANPADS in the past to shoot down Syrian Air Force jets and helicopters.
While it is not clear where the militants received all of the MANPADS in their arsenal, some of them were seized from the Syrian military during the first years of the conflict.
The militant MANPADS have proven effective in the past, especially against some of the Syrian Air Force’s older aircraft.