Wednesday 25 November 2015

Syrian army confirms rescue of Russian pilot

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on the war in Syria, including Russian warplane shot down by Turkey. All times local:

12:23 p.m.
Syria's army is confirming that it has rescued a Russian pilot whose plane was shot down by Turkey in an overnight "qualitative" joint operation with Russian forces.

A statement issued Wednesday by the Syrian armed forces says Syrian and Russian forces penetrated into areas where "terrorists" are entrenched at a depth of 4.5 kilometers (2.7 miles) to rescue the pilot.

Syria's government refers to all rebels trying to topple President Bashar Assad as terrorists.
The statement added that the rescued pilot is in "good health."

Russian officials have confirmed the rescue operation.

The other pilot of the Su-24 jet downed Tuesday by Turkey was reported dead and his body captured by Syrian rebels in an area known as the Turkmen Mountain in Syria's Latakia province.

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