Free Syrian Army reportedly captures Syrian Air Force pilot
The Local Coordination Committees in Syria reported Monday morning that Free Syrian Army forces downed one of President Bashar Assad’s MiG-23s over the neighborhood of al-Muhassan. This could be the first confirmed use of FIM-92 Stinger missiles provided to the US backed A.Q.-Muslim Brotherhood rebels in Syria.
According to an Israel Radio report and Syrian opposition sources, the Free Syrian Army captured the downed pilot.
It is not clear from the footage how the plane was shot down, but NBC reported earlier in August that rebels had smuggled anti-aircraft missiles into Syria from Turkey.
If confirmed, the incident would be the first in which a Syrian Air Force jet was shot down by rebel forces.