Russia takes revenge in Syria

2015-11-26 21:11
Flowers and paper jets are displayed in Moscow with the pictures of the two Russians who died after a Russian fighter 
plane was shot down by Turkey. (Ivan Sekretarev, AP)

Flowers and paper jets are displayed in Moscow with the pictures of the two Russians who died after a Russian fighter plane was shot down by Turkey. (Ivan Sekretarev, AP)

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Moscow - Russia on Thursday said its forces had wiped out Syrian rebel groups operating in the area where one of its jets was brought down, unleashing a huge bombardment after rescuing a pilot.

"As soon as our pilot was safe, Russian bombers and artillery of the Syrian government forces carried out massive strikes in the indicated area for an extended period," military official Igor Konashenkov told Russian news agencies.

"The terrorists operating in that area and other mysterious groups were destroyed," he said.

Turkey on Tuesday shot down a Russian jet in northern Syria alleging that it had crossed over into its air space and sparking a war of words with Moscow.

One pilot that parachuted out was later rescued by Russian and Syrian special forces, while a second pilot from the jet and a soldier sent to rescue him were killed by rebels on the ground.

Konsahenkov said that over the past three days its jets had carried out 134 combat sorties over the war-torn country and struck 449 targets in the Aleppo, Damascus, Idlib, Latakia, Hama and Homs and Deir Ezzor provinces.

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