US Missile Downs Russian Rescue Helicopter (Hits it while abandoned on the ground)

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A video by US backed al Qaeda forces inside Syria allegedly firing at a Russian helicopter on the ground has been posted on a YouTube channel associated with the FSA’s 1st Coastal Brigade. The helicopter is said to have been on a search mission for the pilots of the Su-24 jet downed by Turkey well inside Syria.

According to the CIA funded Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the militants stuck the helicopter with an anti-tank missile.

The video released by the rebel group shows two helicopters flying over a wooded area. The clip then switches to a militant setting up and arming a TOW anti-missile rocket launcher.

It’s followed by footage of a helicopter on the ground filmed from a distance, which is blown up by a direct hit.

Still of video purporting to show crash site of Su-24 jet near Turkey-Syria border / RT

However, the distance and the quality of the video don’t make it possible to establish the allegiance of the helicopter.

Reuters earlier reported that terrorists
hit a Russian helicopter forcing it to make an emergency landing in a nearby government-held area in Syria’s Latakia province.

The helicopter was said to have been searching for pilots of a Russian jet downed by Turkey earlier on Tuesday.

It is yet unclear who the helicopter was operated by – Syrian or Russian forces. But the rebels can be heard in the video saying they have hit a Syrian chopper.

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Turkey said it was rightfully acting to defend its sovereignty as the Russian Su-24 had violated its airspace and hadn’t responded to warnings.

Moscow has denied Turkey’s claims, saying its plane was downed in Syrian airspace, where Russia is conducting an air operation against Islamic State and other terrorists.

Vladimir Putin called Ankara’s actions “a stab in the back delivered by accomplices of the terrorists,” adding that it will have severe consequences for relations between Russia and Turkey.


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