Turkey Releases Syrian Air Force Pilot Detained In March

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On October 12, the court of Turkey’s Hatay province released Syrian Air Force pilot Muhammed Sufha who was captured on March 4 by the Turkish authorities after his warplane, a MIG-21, crashed in Hatay province. Back on March 4, Ahrar al-Sham Movement claimed that it shot down Sufan’s MIG-21 over Idlib.

Turkey Releases Syrian Air Force Pilot Detained In March

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According to Turkish sources, Sufan confessed to the Turkish authorities upon his arrest that he was bombing targets in Idlib governorate, that’s under the control of the Syrian opposition.

Sufha was accused of “border violation” and “spying activities” by the Turkish authorities back than, according to the sources.

Syrian pro-government sources claimed that Sufan entered Syria from the Kessab border crossing in the northern Lattakia countryside on October 13.

Meanwhile, Turkish and Syrian opposition sources said that Sufan is still not allowed to leave Turkey, and that his trail will continue. However, the Turkish authorities will likely allow Sufan to go back to Syria in the end, according to the sources.

Back on August 31, the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups of Jaysh Ahrar al-Ashayer and Jaysh Usud al-Sharqiya and the Jordanian authorities released Syrian Air Force pilot Ali al-Helw. Al-Helw’s warplane, a Mig-23BN, crashed in the northern Suwayda countryside on August 15.

Turkey Releases Syrian Air Force Pilot Detained In March

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Turkey Releases Syrian Air Force Pilot Detained In March

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Both pilots were provided with medical care by the Turkish authorities and the FSA during their captivity, and were allowed to contact with their families. However, a third Syrian Air Force pilot, Ali Fahed, is still missing.

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Ali Fahed’s Su-22 was shot down by the US Air Force over the US-backed Syrian Democratic Force (SDF)-held area in the southern Raqqa countryside while he was conducting airstrikes against ISIS positions on June 18. US Navy pilot Michael Tremel who shot down Fahed’s warplane, confirmed that Fahed’s ejected from the warplane after it was hit.

However, the SDF continues to deny that it captured Ali Fahed. The SDF even denied that it found the wreckage of Fahed’s warplane or his dead body. Fahed’s relatives and many pro-government activists believe that he is a victim of enforced disappearance by the SDF.

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  • Garga

    Good news. Hope Ali is well and soon return to his family too.

    • Bru

      Unfortunately it seems he was murdered by the SDF.

      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        The US would have some serious explaining to do if it were true and the Kurds would just seal the fate of the PKK/YPG in the eyes of the western world as terrorists.

        • Jordan Katz

          I thought he had been captured by the so-called SDF, and was being held. Didn’t realize it was a straight up disappearance. This is some shady business. I don’t like it.

      • electron

        Much more likely likely us is using him as bargaining chip to pressure Damascus into releasing a captured cya operative, whom Damascus has denied having any knowledge of.

  • Zainab Ali

    sdf are murderers

  • EmilyEnso

    Turkey Releases Syrian Air Force Pilot Detained In March

    What took so long?
    Am I the only one who has pretty much zero trust in Turkey.

    • Trustin Judeau

      I think nobody should trust Turkey and I dont think any goverment supporter does but now the interests of the Syrian goverment and Turkey in some area are well you could say common so there is some kind of cooperation

    • John Whitehot

      on one side, i feel this way.

      yet international relations aren’t like relations among persons.
      for example, Israel and the US of late have NEVER honored any agreement they took.

  • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

    Haven’t seen any posts from Mahjd Fahd on his cousin’s return yet, Mahjd is a reporter and map maker at Muraselon News.

  • Vitex

    Syria will be glad to get a couple of pilots back :)