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Syrian Fighter Jet Lands In Jordan, Pilot Reportedly Seeks Asylum

Filed by KOSU News in World News.
June 21, 2012

“A Syrian MiG 21 fighter jet has landed in Jordan,” al-Jazeera and other news outlets report. And according to Reuters, a Jordanian official says the pilot has asked for asylum. The BBC is reporting that news as well.

If that’s correct, al-Jazeera adds, Syrian activists say it would be the first defection involving an aircraft since protests against the regime of President Bashar Assad began in March 2011.

The Syrian government is only saying at this point that it lost contact with the fighter earlier today. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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