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Rebels down fighter jet in Syria - witness

Rebel fighters trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad shot down a fighter jet in Syria, says a witness.

An image grab that was taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on August 27, 2012 showing a burning Syrian combat helicopter crashing. Picture: AFP

AMMAN - Rebel fighters trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad shot down a fighter jet as it flew over the northern Syrian town of Atarib in Idlib province, a witness said.

The witness, an independent journalist who asked to remain anonymous, said rebel fighters were attacking a military base near the town when the jet flew over and rebels shot it down with anti-aircraft guns.