The accidental shootdown of a Russian Air Force intelligence-gathering aircraft on Sept. 17 illustrates the increasingly complicated nature of the air war over Syria. Russia blamed Israel for the loss of the Ilyushin Il-20 “Coot” and all 15 crewmembers onboard despite the aircraft having been brought down by a Syrian-controlled surface-to-air missile (SAM) battery. Russian Air Force Il-20s have been regularly deployed to Syria to support Russian intelligence-gathering Israel ...


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