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A Syrian regime's fighter jet was shot down on April 5, near Al-Bawabiya village in southern Aleppo where fighting recently broke out between rebel and regime forces.This is the second time in less than a month that rebel groups shot down a government military plane, allegedly with anti-aircraft missiles.Nevertheless, rebel groups stated that the two jets were downed with anti-aircraft guns, and not anti-aircraft missiles.Although rebels have been able to shoot down several aircrafts after capturing anti-aircraft guns from regime forces, they are largely helpless when it comes to Assad's air supremacy. Therefore, opposition groups have repeatedly asked their backers for anti-aircraft missiles to target Assad's aircraft. However, if opposition groups start using anti-aircraft missiles to tip the balance against Assad, then there is a possibility that Russia might provide Assad with more sophisticated fighter jets or advise him to depend more on surface-to-surface missiles.
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