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Hardline Islamists down Syrian jet with Chinese MANPADS

18 August 2013
A still taken from the video shows an insurgent stalking his target with the FN-6. The system is easily identified by the square box at its muzzle, which accommodates the four permanently deployed fins at the front of the missile. Source: Harakat Ahrar al-Sham al-Islamiyya

The Syrian insurgent group Harakat Ahrar al-Sham al-Islamiyya released a video on 18 August that appears to show one of its teams shooting down a Syrian fighter jet using a Chinese FN-6 man-portable air defence system (MANPADS).

The video shows what appears to be a Syrian Arab Air Force MiG-21 flying over Latakia province and an insurgent firing an FN-6. A small explosion can be seen in the air and then a parachute appears, suggesting the pilot successfully ejected from his aircraft.

A video released by a different source on the same day showed a parachute descending in Latakia province, apparently corroborating the date and location of the incident.

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