On August 15th ,the FSA-affiliate group Usud al-Sharqiya shot down a Soviet era Mig-21 warplane operated by the Syrian Arab Airforce over east Suwaida countryside, more specifically in the area of Wadi Mahdmoud, destroying the aircraft completely and later capturing the pilot alive.The Syrian Ministry of Defense confirmed the downing of the aircraft but did not specify whether it was due to Rebel fire or a mechanical failure that caused it.
The captured pilot that was identified as Major Ali Halwa from Talkalakh, western Homs countryside. He ejected from his plane before crashing and was captured by the FSA affiliated rebels, but he has suffered heavy injuries, especially in the head; it is unknown whether his unjuring are life threatening or not. The alleged shooter of the Syrian aircraft is the FSA fighter abou Fahd Jobar alShaiti.
The Syrian Army has been making steady gains against the US backed FSA in the area, where just last week the former managed to secure the entire Suwayda-Jordanian border. The rebel groups in the area are financed by the US, UK and JOrdan and have also received training by them. US troops are also present at the al-Tanf crossing between Iraq and Syria in an effort to hinder an Iranian land connection to Syria. This is the second confirmed shootdown of a Syrian warplane by rebels in the area, after another incident in June this year.