Syrian rebels said Monday, August 13, that they had shot down a Syrian fighter jet for the first time, raising new questions about the opposition’s military capabilities, and whether Syria’s control of the skies might be threatened, The New York Times
reported. Jubilant rebels said they had shot down the jet using newly acquired high-caliber anti-aircraft guns and captured its pilot. The government said the plane crashed due to technical problems and the pilot had ejected. Video uploaded onto the Internet showed the jet bursting into flames amid heavy gunfire. Another clip purported to show the pilot in the hands of rebels who promised to treat him as a prisoner of war in line with the Geneva Conventions. Meanwhile, fighting continued in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, as rebel commanders said their fighters were doing well but complained about a shortage of ammunition.