Video: Rebels down Syrian Arab Air Force Mig-23BN fighter jet in East Syria

The following video clearly shows a Syrian Arab Air Force Mig-23BN hit by anti-aircraft artillery fire on Aug. 13, 2012 over MoHasen town near Deir Ezzour, in eastern Syria.

Therefore, not only the L-39 combat trainers and the Mil Mi-8/17 Hip and -25 Hind gunships are currently attacking the Free Syrian Army positions in Syria. Even the Mig-23 are being flown by the Assad regime against the opposition forces.

So far, the Mig-23 alongside other combat planes as the Mig-29 and Su-24 fighter jets were only spotted taking part to drills in the desert.

Noteworthy, it looks like the FSA are improving at attacking fast moving targets, after showing much difficulties in hitting slow moving helicopters mainly operating at high altitude.

Few weeks ago a video allegedly showed a Mil Mi-8 helicopter shot down by the rebels.

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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.