Syrian rebels capture Russian pilot
One of the pilots from a Russian jet reportedly shot down by Turkish forces near the Syrian border has been captured by rebels, a Syrian rebel official says.
“Our information so far is that one Russian pilot was captured,” Ousama Abu-Zeid, a legal adviser to the Free Syrian Army rebel alliance told newsmen on Tuesday.
“We still do not know which rebel group has the pilot,” Zeid said.
Rebel groups operating in the Jabal al-Turkoman area where the plane crashed include moderate forces, Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate, the al-Nusra Front, and Turkoman rebels backed by Ankara.
It would be recalled that Russia, a strong ally of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad began airstrikes in that country in late September, targeting militant groups opposed to the government