Syrian Rebels Claim They Shot Down Fighter Jet With A Missile : The Two-WaySyrian rebels claim to have shot down a government MiG fighter jet and captured one of its pilots. It appears to be one of the first times Syrian rebels have successfully used a type of portable missile and could mark a turning point as the rebels challenge the regime's advantage in the air.
Syrian rebels say they have shot down Russian-made MiG fighter jet outside the northern Syrian town of Aleppo.
Syrian rebels claim they shot down a MiG fighter jet not far from the Syrian-Turkish border on Wednesday. Along with the downing of a military helicopter on Tuesday, it would appear to be one of the first times rebels have successfully used a kind of weapon called a MANPAD, or portable, shoulder-fired, surface-to-air missile that can hit a plane in fight.
The development would mark a turning point in the rebels' bid to unseat Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Rebels say the Russian-made MiG fighter jet was shot down Wednesday morning near the town of Daarat Azzah, on the road north of the embattled city of Aleppo.
It's a kind of missile that was used to take out planes during earlier conflicts in Bosnia, Rwanda and Iraq.
The fighter says the rebels seized the weapon when they overtook a Syrian army base earlier this month. Rebels have seized similar weapons before but this is the first time they appear to have used this particular system successfully.
Military analysts say this could show that the rebels are building momentum. Up to this point, the Syrian regime has controlled the skies and this has often given them the upper hand. Hundreds if not thousands of civilians have been killed in air strikes since this summer.
Rebels say they hope the threat of a rebel missile strike will force the regime to think twice before employing the air force now.
Also Wednesday, in a suburb of Syria's capital, Damascus, two massive explosions killed dozens of people.
Syrian state media was quick to cast the attack as suicide bombings launched by al-Qaida-style terrorists. But that claim could not be verified.
So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack. TV footage showed a gruesome scene.