A Russian rescue helicopter was shot down by Syrian ‘moderate’ jihadist rebels, as the Russian rescue team was searching for the missing pilots who ejected during NATO member Turkey’s troubling attack on the Russian Su-25 jet.
Insurgents used anti-tank US TOW missiles to attack the rescue chopper, forcing it to make an emergency landing in a government army-held area in Syria’s Latakia province.
“In the disturbing film released by the Free Syrian Army rebel group a missile can be seen travelling towards the stricken chopper, which has landed in a mountainous area, before it explodes in a huge fireball.”
The following edited video was uploaded today, and it cannot be confirmed whether or not this is a shoot-down of Russian rescue helicopters, or Syrian Arab Army helicopters from an earlier date. It appears to show US-backed ‘moderate’ jihadists destroying a reconnaissance chopper with a US-supplied TOW missile unit:
“Moments earlier a single soldier is seen assembling an American made TOW portable anti-tank missile launcher on a hillside before taking aim at the helicopter.”
“A narrator triumphantly gloats over the top of the video exclaiming “Allahu Akbar” – meaning “God is great” – as the missile hits and mangled wreckage from the craft is blasted into the air”.
(Image Source: Express Newspapers)
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