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CIVIL WAR Syrian Rebels Shoot Down Jet Aris Messinis, AFP / Getty Images

Syrian Rebels Shoot Down Jet

Syrian rebel forces reportedly shot down an air force fighter jet in the province of Idlib and took the two pilots captive Thursday. An amateur video shows rebels yelling “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) as the pilots parachute to the ground. Nearby, government forces killed 20 people, including eight children and nine women in bombardments. Human Rights Watch is reporting that Syrian troops have attacked civilians waiting in bread lines near Aleppo at least 10 times in the past few weeks. Reports from Czech diplomats and Syrian rebels are also indicating that Austin Tice, an American freelance reporter covering the war, has been detained for the last two weeks by the Syrian government near Daraya, a suburb of Damascus.

August 30, 2012 5:58 PM