Rebels: We Downed Warplane

    This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, purports to show Syrians standing in the rubble of a destroyed building from Syrian forces shelling in Khaldiyeh neighborhood, Homs province, central Syria. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network, SNN)THE ASSOCIATED PRESS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS CITIZEN JOURNALIST IMAGE

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    A Syrian warplane crashed over the eastern province of Deir el-Zour on Monday. Activists released a video that reportedly shows the Soviet-made MiG warplane catching fire before crashing down in flames. The pilot ejected before it crashed. The rebels claim they shot the plane down with ground fire. However, state-run media claims the plane was on a training mission and crashed due to technical error. SANA news agency says that a search has been launched to find the pilot.

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