Following up on the earlier news regarding the shootdown of a Russian piloted Su-25.
That was fast.Interesting that we now have two terror groups taking credit for shooting down the plane. Though original video/claim of shoot down was made by Jaysh al Nasr. Their logo featured prominently in the video. RT
"Tahrir al-Sham, the extremist group linked to Al-Nusra terrorists, has claimed responsibility for the downing of the Russian aircraft, according to Reuters.
Earlier, another militant group, Jaysh al-Nasr, which claims affiliation to the Free Syrian Army, also posted videos and statements about the Russian plane on its Twitter account"
Another report via Metro UK
The Russians are believed to have used cruise missiles to kill more than 30 militants in an area of Syria’s Idlib where its plane had been downed.
The Russians fired a salvo of cruise missiles into Idlib province from Russian navy vessels in the Mediterranean.
I'm looking for further information regarding the reports of cruise missiles from the Mediterranean.
UPDATE 4:50 pm est
Reports say Russia fired numerous missiles from both the Mediterranean Sea and its Khmeimim air base in Syria.
Army bosses said radio intelligence determined that more than 30 Al-Nusra righters were killed in strikes by "precision-guided weapons".
Huge explosions have now been reported in a number of coastal areas, as well as Idlib, where the jet was shot down.
I'll keep checking for updates
5: 10 pm est- Update #2:
Pentagon : US Has Not Equipped "Partner Forces" with Surface to Air Weapons
Love the inadvertent admission of arming terrorists
Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon told Sputnik on Saturday, hours after a Russian Su-25 attack aircraft was downed by militants in Syria, that the United States did not equip partner forces in Syria with surface-to-air weapons."Alongside by, with, and through our partners in Syria, the United States remains focused on the fight against ISIS [Daesh]. The US has not equipped any partner forces in Syria with surface-to-air weapons and has no intention to do so in the future.Sputnik's continues reporting.. the US supplied their Kurdish thugs with ManPads near Afrin.
Which happens to be not to far from where this shoot down took place.
"In January, the Al-Masdar News media outlet reported, citing own sources that the US had provided the MANPADS to the Kurds earlier in the month under the agreement between Washington and the YPG. According to the news outlet, the MANPADS have been delivered to the Kurds in the northwestern part of Syria near the town of Afrin. "