DEBKAfile’s military sources reveal that the pilot shot down by Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front south of Aleppo has been identified as Col. Khaled Said, commander of Syrian Air Force’s 677th Squadron. His plane was downed by a surface-to-air missile in the Talat al-Iss highland south of Aleppo and the pilot bailed out. Nusra Front fighters reported his capture. The 677th Squadron consists of Su-22M-2 fighter bombers. Videos on social media show the smoking wreckage of a burnt plane. The Islamist rebels who have overrun this area have come under heavy bombardment by Syrian and Russians planes.