Please keep all discussion of Russia, the Russian economy and how much you hate Russia and Russians on the other two threads. Let's preserve this thread for discussion of actual military developments in the Middle Eastern war. Discussion of Russia is only relevant if it concerns Russian military activity in these countries. Nusra front and some of the other rebel groups allied with it near Aleppo have apparently launched an offensive against Syrian army held territory south of Aleppo from the direction of Idlib. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleppo_offensive_(April_2016) News today is that they have used a surface to air missile to shoot down a Syrian SU-22 jet that was conducting air strikes against that offensive. The pilot was captured and appears pretty beat up in the photos. Unclear if the injuries were the result of ejecting or whether they came at the hands of his captors. http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2016/04/syrian-fighter-jet-downed-in-aleppo-province.php The obvious question is - where did Nusra and co. get their hands on missiles? My guess is that they come from Saudi Arabia or Qatar, which have been funneling arms to the Islamists through Turkey. There are reports that the missile was actually fired by Ahrar al Sham, an Islamic Front Salafist rebel group that reportedly receives Saudi support.