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Al-Qaida-linked Group Claims Responsibility for Shooting Down Russian Warplane

A Syrian rebel group linked to al-Qaida is claiming responsibility for shooting down a Russian jet near the rebel-held town of Saraqeb, Syria. Russia's Defense Ministry confirmed the shoot-down on Saturday and said the pilot was killed by rebels after parachuting to the ground. Syrian monitors and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the pilot was flying a Russian-made Su-25 jet — a low-flying twin-engine aircraft designed to support ground troops —...

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