Russian Su-25 fighter shot down in Syria

A Russian pilot was killed after his warplane was downed by Syrian rebels in northern Idlib province, Russia's Defense Ministry and a monitoring group said Saturday.

The pilot was initially reported captured but later reports said he had been killed.

He could not immediately confirm which faction had shot down the warplane but hardline opposition factions and the jihadist Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) are active in the area. The death of the pilot was confirmed by Russian news agency TASS which quoted the defence ministry as saying that 30 militants had been killed in the strike.

Russian Federation is a key ally of President Bashar Assad, and has been waging a military campaign on behalf of his forces since 2015. The province is also a base for al-Qaeda's branch in Syria and other Islamic groups.

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The regime has launched an offensive to retake Idlib, the only province that has come under full rebel control in the almost 7-year-old conflict.

'The pilot had enough time to announce he had ejected into the zone, under the control of al-Nusra Front fighters.

Russian Federation has acted alongside its Syrian allies targeting rebels in the area.

Russia, later carried out massive retaliatory strikes in the region which has killed no of rebels.

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A video uploaded to the internet by the civil defence group known as the White Helmets appeared to show air strikes targeting the village of Abad in Aleppo province.

The head of the observatory, Rami Abdurrahman, said the plane could be Russian.

A Russian warplane was shot down Saturday in Syria, according to Russian state-run news agencies.

Moscow began conducting air strikes in Syria in September 2015. Videos online showed militants surrounding the body of a man they said was Russian.

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