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Syria war: Israeli fighter jet crashes under Syria fire, military says

Syria war: Israeli fighter jet crashes under Syria fire, military says

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An Israeli F-16 fighter jet has crashed amid Syrian anti-aircraft fire after an offensive against Iranian targets in Syria, the Israeli military says.The two pilots parachuted to safety before the crash in northern Israel. It is believed to be the first time Israel has lost a jet in the Syrian conflict. Israel was carrying out strikes after the launch of an Iranian drone into Israel. The drone was intercepted.Syria accused Israel of "aggression", as Israel then launched more strikes.Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tweeted: "Moments ago, IAF aircraft, targeted the Syrian Aerial Defense System & Iranian targets in Syria. 12 targets, including 3 aerial defense batteries & 4 Iranian military targets, were attacked. Anti-aircraft missiles were fired towards Israel, triggering alarms in nort...
Russian fighter jet shot down in Syria's Idlib province

Russian fighter jet shot down in Syria's Idlib province

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A Russian Sukhoi-25 fighter jet has been shot down in a rebel-held area in Syria's north-western province of Idlib.The Russian defence ministry said the pilot had ejected into an area believed to be controlled by the jihadist Hayat Tahrir al-Sham alliance.Although he survived the crash he was killed in a ground fight, Moscow said.Hayat Tahrir al-Sham - formerly linked to al-Qaeda - said it had shot down the plane.The Syrian government, backed by Russian air power, launched a major offensive in December against rebel groups in Idlib. Why is there a war in Syria?What more do we know of the incident?The Sukhoi-25, a close-support ground-attack aircraft, was operating over the town of Maasran in Idlib.There had been dozens of Russian air strikes in the area over the previous 24 hours, monitori...
New videos show intercepts of Russian fighter jets

New videos show intercepts of Russian fighter jets

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U.S. Air Forces Europe has released previously unseen video of two intercepts of Russian fighters that occurred last fall over the Baltic. The videos were released as part of an effort to highlight the U.S. military’s participation in the NATO Air Policing mission in the Baltics. The U.S. is among the NATO member countries that routinely rotate aircraft and personnel to the Baltic countries on short deployments. Their mission is to be ready to intercept Russian aircraft that fly into the airspace around the Baltic Sea without filing a flight plan, don’t communicate civilian air traffic controllers or don’t turn on the transponders that identify them as belonging to the Russian military. “Such aircraft create unsafe environments including air-to-air mishaps or these actions may indicat...
Former Bosnian fighter Azra Basic jailed 14 years for war crimes

Former Bosnian fighter Azra Basic jailed 14 years for war crimes

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Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A court in Bosnia sentenced a former female fighter known as the "mistress of life and death" to 14 years in prison for war crimes on Wednesday.Azra Basic was handed the sentence after being found guilty of taking part in the killings, torture and inhumane treatment of Serb civilians and prisoners of war during the Balkan war in 1992.The court determined Basic murdered a restrained prisoner named Blagoja Djuras at the Yugoslav People's Army Hall in Derventa, by stabbing him in the neck.It was also found she ordered prisoners to remove their shoes and clothing, eat money, walk barefoot on glass and lick blood off Djuras's dead body.The sentence handed to the 58-year-old Basic is the most severe given to a woman for atrocities committed during the Bosnian conflict.During the...
US F-35 fighter jets grounded over pilot oxygen supplies

US F-35 fighter jets grounded over pilot oxygen supplies

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The US Air Force has grounded a fleet of F-35 fighter jets indefinitely over concerns over pilots' oxygen supplies, according to a spokesman. F-35 air operations were paused at an Arizona air base after pilots suffered symptoms resembling hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation, Captain Mark Graff said. Lockheed Martin, which built the jet, said it still plans to show the plane at the Paris Air Show this month.Air Force officials said F-35 fighter jets at other bases were still in use. Luke Air Force Base, located northwest of Phoenix, cancelled local flying operations for its F-35A Lightning II aircraft on Friday after five incidents were reported in which pilots experienced hypoxia-like symptoms.But they continued to be grounded on Monday as the Air Force investigated the issue with pilots, maint...