Syrian rebels trying to overthrow the regime of President Bashar al-Assad said on Monday that they have shot down a government fighter jet for the first time, a claim disputed by Syria's military, which blamed technical failures for the plane's crash. The rebels posted videos to YouTube that they say bolsters their case. If true, the rebels' downing of a jet would be a big blow to the pro-Assad military. "Regardless of how they did it, if they can put down a jet fighter, then they can put down other planes as well," says Sami Nader, a professor of international relations at St. Joseph University in Beirut. "Assad's trump card was the military, but he is now losing this last card."
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- The 11 worst fast food restaurants in America
- 7 things the world's happiest people do every day
- 7 grammar rules you really should pay attention to
- 5 tricks to making a mind-blowing burger
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- 9 things you probably didn't know about the moon
- Why America is duty bound to help Iraqi Christians
- Why are so many parents being arrested?
- What if The Purge was real?
- Israel has only two choices: Eliminate the Palestinians or make peace
Subscribe to the Week