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    The downing of a Russian Su-24 attack aircraft in Syria by the Turkish air force hampers efforts to create a broad international coalition in the fight against the Islamic State.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The downing of a Russian Su-24 attack aircraft in Syria by the Turkish air force hampers efforts to create a broad international coalition in the fight against Islamic State terrorists, Russian Envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said Friday.

    "It is a stab in the back of the anti-IS coalition, and an attempt to undermine efforts to create a broader coalition," Grushko said in an interview with Russia's Kommersant FM radio.

    On Tuesday, a Russian Su-24 attack aircraft was downed by an air-to-air missile while carrying out precision strikes against terrorists in northern Syria. The missile was fired by a Turkish F-16 fighter in response to alleged violation of the Turkish airspace by the Russian jet.

    One of the pilots of the downed Su-24 was killed by fire from the ground after ejecting, while the co-pilot was rescued and returned to the Russian airbase near Latakia.

    The Su-24 incident also claimed the life of a Russian naval infantry soldier, who was killed in the rescue operation.


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