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Monday, February 12, 2018

Who and why shot down a Russian su-25 in Syria: the war continues

In Syria, militants shot down a Russian military plane su-25. The pilot managed to eject, but he died in BOS with terrorists. Responsibility for it was claimed by two factions of the armed opposition.

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The responsibility for the downed Russian military plane su-25 took on the jihadist group “Hayat Tahrir al sham”, which is, in essence, “reincarnation” of the banned terrorist group “Frente al-Nusra” (“dzhebhat an-Nusra”).

This was reported in the associated with terrorists media channel Ibaa. In a statement, the group quoted one of its commanders, a man called Mahmoud al-Turkomani, claiming that it was an act of revenge. The terrorists claim that the su-25 was shot down using a portable anti-aircraft missile complex.

The aforementioned Mahmoud al-Turkomani called in the messages of jihadist propaganda head of the “anti-brigade”.

However, many observers indicate that despite the claims of “Hayat Tahrir al-sham” the terrorist group has not provided convincing evidence that its militants shot down the plane.

“Hait Tahrir al-sham” is active in Idlib province and is headed by a primarily from the group “Frente al-Nusra”, which, in turn, is the de facto Syrian “branch” of “al-Qaeda” (the terrorist group banned in Russia).

Initially the Front consisted of arriving in Syria from various Arab countries veterans, “al-Qaeda” and its “branches”. The theoretical debate about the direct proclamation of the “Caliphate”, intertwined with the struggle for power that resulted in the first half of 2013 in an open split between the supporters of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and “Frente al-Nusra” who refused to submit to the “Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL is a terrorist group banned in Russia). In turn, the “Central” al-Qaida led by Ayman al-Zawahiri in this conflict, took the side of “Dzhebhat an-Nusra”, declaring it as its Syrian offshoot.

On the establishment of “Hayat Tahrir al-sham” (“Organization of liberation of sham”) was announced about a year ago, in late January 2017, when the “jabhat al Fateh al-sham” (“Frente al-Nusra” became known as the July 2016) has teamed up with a number of other Salafi-jihadist groups (“jabhat al Ansar ad-DIN”, “Jaish al-Sunnah”, “Liwa al-Haqq” etc.). This merger was aimed not so much expanding the circle of supporters, as an attempt to make the image of the group is more “respectable” by getting rid of the sinister shadow of the notorious “al-Qaeda”.

At the same time, in addition to the “Hait Tahrir al-sham” responsibility for shooting down Russian su-25 took on another group of “Jaish al-Nasr” that emerged in 2015 and linked with considered in the West as “moderate” Free Syrian army. The number of “Jaish al-Nasr” is estimated in 5 thousand people. Operate its militants in the provinces of Idlib, Hama and Latakia. This group was among the organizations of the armed opposition, which opposed the holding in Sochi, the Syrian Congress of national dialogue.

Meanwhile, a representative of the US State Department Heather Nauert stated that “the United States has never supplied man-portable anti-aircraft missiles none of the factions in Syria.” According to spokeswoman the American foreign Ministry in Washington “is deeply concerned by the fact that the use of such weapons”.

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