A Syrian Air Force MiG-21 jet reportedly has been downed near a military airfield in Hama Governorate.
…..”A Syrian warplane MiG-21 was shot down near the Hama military airfield,” the source said……
Watch above video from 6:08-8:29- 9:37 – You’ll see that that Jays-Al-Islam is claiming to have shot the MiG-21© SPUTNIK/ MICHAEL ALAEDDIN
23:17 12.03.2016(updated 03:32 13.03.2016) Source: http://sptnkne.ws/aPPN
Syrian Air Force MiG-21 has been downed by armed militants near a military airfield in western Hama Governorate, a military source told Sputnik. One pilot was able to eject to safety, the second one died in a failed emergency landing, according to the source.
“A Syrian warplane MiG-21 was shot down near the Hama military airfield,” the source said.
A Syrian military source later explained Sputnik that one pilot of the MiG-21US jet was able to eject to safety while the second one died in a failed emergency landing.
“After the Syrian Air Force plane was hit, one pilot ejected and landed at the al-Magir village, which is controlled by the [government] army. The second pilot attempted an emergency landing at the Hama military airfield. The landing failed and the pilot died,” the source explained.
This week, the Hama Governorate has seen clashes between the Syrian government troops and militants from the two main terrorist groups operating in Syria – Islamic State (Daesh) and the al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front.
Neither of the two terrorist groups is part to the ongoing cessation of hostilities in Syria, which was brokered by the United States and Russia two weeks ago. The truce has largely held, despite reports of sporadic violations.
A Syrian Air Force MiG-21 has been shot down by a U.S.-built surface-to-air Stinger missile unit in the western Hama province, Syria, according to a military source who confirmed the incident to reporters Tuesday. The alleged shooting down of the Russian-made aircraft comes on the same day the Kremlin began withdrawing a core element of its military that had been supporting authoritarian Syrian President Bashar Assad and fighting the Islamic State terror group, aka ISIS, since September.
“The jet was shot down during an attack by terrorists in the province of Hama by a U.S. Man-Portable Air-Defense System Stinger,” the source said, according to a report by Sputnik, a Russian news website.
While the Syrian military source did not give specifics about what terrorists may have fired the missile, there is a chance that it could have also been Syrian rebel fighters who were supplied the weapon by the Pentagon. The likely scenario, according to the source, is that the missile was fired by a terror group operating in the region. However, the Stinger could well have been supplied by ISIS fighters who are known to have looted them from Iraqi bases during a series of raids over the past 18 months. The bases were fully equipped with U.S. military equipment and weaponry.