Putin Just Unleashed An Earth-Shaking Response To Downed Russian Jet
Syrian rebels who chortled Tuesday as they posed by with the corpse of a Russian fighter pilot were ducking for cover on Wednesday as Russia unleashed a massive bombardment of the region where the Russian jet went down.
Officials said artillery and naval shelling augmented airstrikes against Syria’s Latakia province, where two Russian pilots landed after Turkey blasted their jet from the sky on Tuesday. One was killed by rebels as he parachuted to the ground.
At least 12 air strikes hit Latakia’s northern countryside as forces allied with the Syrian government battled rebels that included forces aligned with al Qaeda as well as local rebel groups, said the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.