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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...
Turkish troops enter Syria's Idlib province

Turkish troops enter Syria's Idlib province

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Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Turkish forces on Friday began crossing into Syria's Idlib province in order to monitor de-escalation zones, the Turkish military said.The troop movement is part of a joint mission between Turkey, Russia and Iran to observe de-escalation zones and remove a stronghold of former al-Qaida militants from the area. The three countries agreed in May to be guarantors of a cease-fire to help end the six-year civil war in Syria.Turkey backs groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Russia and Iran support the leader.A statement from the Turkish government said troops were establishing observation posts as part of the Astana agreement."The Turkish armed forces continue to carry out their duties in the territory within the engagement rules agreed by the guarantor coun...
Turkish troops prepare to enter Idlib province, Syria

Turkish troops prepare to enter Idlib province, Syria

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Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Turkey deployed commando units along its border with Syria and aided Free Syrian Army rebels as they crossed into Syria's Idlib province, the Turkish government announced.The troop movement is part of a joint mission between Turkey, Russia and Iran to monitor a de-escalation zone in Syria and remove a stronghold of former al-Qaida militants from the area. The three countries agreed in May to be guarantors of a cease-fire to help end the six-year civil war in Syria.Although there is no U.S. involvement in the mission, and the U.S. government is watching the combined involvement of the three countries armies. A Pentagon spokesman said the United States supports the action.Rebels of the FSA rode on trucks through Turkey and crossed the Syrian border on Saturday, while Turkish ...