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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2018 9:41 p.m. PST

Captured the Pilot.

"Syrian rebels said on Saturday they had brought down a Russian warplane in an area of northern Syria's Idlib province that has seen heavy air strikes, and two rebel sources said they had captured the pilot who was badly injured.

A rebel source said the Sukhoi plane was shot down over Khan al-Subl town near the city of Saraqeb, close to a major highway that has come under fierce air attack, where the Syrian army and Iranian-backed militias are trying to advance on the ground.

Two rebel sources said the pilot was badly injured after escaping the crash by parachute. A third rebel source said he was killed. There was no immediate comment from the Russian or Syrian armies…."
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Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2018 11:32 p.m. PST

Pilot was nicely killed after landing. New good friends for us in case of victory.

jdginaz04 Feb 2018 4:21 p.m. PST

"The pilot died in a fight with terrorists," the ministry said."

Apparently not "killed after landing" but killed fighting to avoid capture big difference.

Wherethestreetshavnoname04 Feb 2018 4:37 p.m. PST

Could you explain the big difference?

USAFpilot04 Feb 2018 4:53 p.m. PST

The pilot probably figured it was better to die fighting than be captured and put in a cage and burned alive.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 5:21 p.m. PST

Good call on the part of the pilot. Wouldn't envy a prisoner of theirs.

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 7:36 a.m. PST

Saw video. Too cocky, flying low and straight over known vipers nest.
Actually fought after landing and once wounded, exploded himself with some of his captors. Aparently not trusting the enlightment of the freedom fighters.

soledad05 Feb 2018 7:44 a.m. PST

They need to work on their c-sar. Pilots are expensive to train and should know that nothing will be spared trying to save them.

RIP pilot

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 9:55 a.m. PST

Syrian Rebeld did the same brutallity as Daesh?…


WarpSpeed05 Feb 2018 2:44 p.m. PST

Tango they are one and the same interchangeably.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 3:02 p.m. PST

Oh!… thanks!…

I mistake them with those who at the beginning were supported by USA…


USAFpilot05 Feb 2018 5:53 p.m. PST

Tango, President Trump ended the previous administration's program of arming rebel groups in Syria. There were reports that rebel fighters, trained and armed by the US, handed their weapons over to Daesh.

The USA has a long history of providing arms to questionable rebels. Hopefully that is a thing of the past.

Begemot Inactive Member05 Feb 2018 7:58 p.m. PST

USAFpilot – Did the Pentagon and CIA get the memo on that? And if they did, will they comply?

USAFpilot05 Feb 2018 9:01 p.m. PST

Not only did they get the memo, but the President ordered them into Syria to destroy ISIS. Something which the previous administration was reluctant to do.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2018 10:05 a.m. PST

Thanks again…


Begemot Inactive Member07 Feb 2018 11:36 p.m. PST

Barack Obama signed the 2017 Defense Authorization bill on Dec. 23rd of this year [2016]. The bill provides authorization for the Department of Defense to arm the rebels with shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles or ManPADS.


Did Trump really end the arming of Syrian "rebel" groups? Did the Pentagon, with this legislation behind them?

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member07 Feb 2018 11:37 p.m. PST

Lol, he said man pads.

Other stuff we "lost" in Libya (2011, 2012) still occasionally shows up being used in Syria and Afghanistan.

PS. Some Syrian Rebel groups are worse than ISIS, and some other groups were taking in ISIS fighters as recruits. Either way, I hope neither of those types get more power than they already have.

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member08 Feb 2018 1:16 a.m. PST

Not all Syrian "Rebel" groups were created equal, nor are they supported by the West* equally. Here an old list of the main ones:

"Jabhat al Nusra: Al Qaeda's official Syrian affiliate, Jabhat al Nusra, is one of the most powerful armed groups in Syria.

Jaish al-Fateh: A coalition of seven rebel groups, dominated by Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al Sham, a more moderate Islamist group. The two enjoy an uneasy relationship.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: The brutal extremist group which has established what it describes as an 'Islamic Caliphate' across swathes of Iraq and Syria.

Tajammu al-Izzah: A rebel group apparently targeted by Russian airstrikes in northern Hama at the end of September 2015. Aligned with the relatively moderate Free Syrian Army and thought to be part of a CIA-backed training programme.

Free Syrian Army: This group of largely moderate fighters who initially dominated Syria's uprising. Often marginalised by more radical groups, but an important presence in the south and parts of the north."

As that and many other subsequent articles have shown, some of these anti-Assad groups seem to be not much better than Assad in many respects. Some have no interest in civilized behavior at all, specially in their treatment of women. Their parading and use of civilians as human shields ranks extremely low in the civilization scale, for me at least.

* Why we tried to ingratiate ourselves with Al Qaeda and Taliban, the biggest players behind 9/11, may never be truly known. Let's hope we don't have a repeat of that. Ever.

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