In the recent surge of Russian troops and forces entering Syria to fight ISIS and the rebels fighting against Assad, Turkey has warned Russia to not violate their airspace, reports began spilling on social media that indeed Turkey has shot down a Russian jet.
Eyewitnesses claim that there was a large explosion in Huraytan, northern Syria, while three fighter planes were seen overhead.
Rumors of a jet being shot out of the sky come amid heightening tensions between Russian president Vladimir Putin and the West.
The Russians are supposed to be bombing ISIS targets, but it seems the majority of their missiles are hitting areas where the extremist group is not present.
U.S. officials said this week that Russia – a key ally of Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad – has directed parts of its air campaign against U.S.-funded and other moderate opposition groups in a concerted effort to weaken them.
However, Russia has claimed its forces hit 55 ISIS targets in Syria in the 24 hours to Saturday – although Putin’s jets were also a key factor in helping Syrian troop to seize a village in the centre of the country which was not ISIS-controlled.