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Second Russian Pilot Recovered In Syria


Russia's defense minister says the Russian pilot missing in Syria after his plane was shot down by a Turkish jet on November 24 has been recovered and sent to a Russian military base in Syria.

Sergei Shoigu said on November 25 that the pilot was in good health following an overnight rescue operation.

One Russian pilot was killed on November 24 after a Russian Su-24 warplane was shot down by a Turkish Air Force jet along the border with Syria. Ankara maintains the Russian jet violated Turkish airspace and ignored 10 warnings.

Moscow says the jet was in Syrian airspace and has accused Turkey of protecting terrorists by shooting down the jet.

One Russian Marine died during the search-and-rescue operation.

The Su-24 was part of an ongoing Russian air campaign that Moscow says is targeting Islamic State militants. The United States and other countries say Moscow's air strikes are mostly targeting anti-Assad rebels and are aimed at propping up his government.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters
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