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Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham claims responsibility for shot down Russian Su-25 in Syria

Previously, the group was known as "Jabhat al Nusra"
15:26, 4 February 2018

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Reuters

The terrorist group "Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham" claimed responsibility for the Russian Su-25 plane shot down in Syria. This is reported on its website by the SITE group, which monitors the information activity of extremists.

Note that the plane crashed over one of the so-called "de-escalation zones" in Idlib province near the city of Sarakib.

Earlier it was reported that the region where the plane crashed is controlled by fighters of the former Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda. This group was known as "Jabhat al Nusra," but is now known as "Hayat Tahrir al-Sham."

The pilot of the plane managed to catapult, but was killed in a shootout with local militants.

Russian media referring to sources in the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation report that the deceased Su-25 pilot was the former Ukrainian pilot from the occupied Simferopol (Crimea), Major Roman Filippov, but later it became known that before the annexation of Crimea, Filippov served in Russia, and was not a former Ukrainian pilot.

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