Russian helicopter shot down over Syria
Monday, August 1, 2016
This is the largest loss of Russian personnel Russia has officially recognized in their Syrian operations since those operations began last September. These operations have been ongoing in support of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad against rebels in the Syrian Civil War which has so far lasted five years.
Russian officials have said the helicopter had just delivered humanitarian aid to Aleppo and was returning to Russia's main airbase in . Aleppo has been besieged since rebel-held areas in the Eastern part of the city were cut off by government forces last month.
The helicopter was shot down over the province of The Islamic State is reportedly not known to be active there., where the dominant power is an alliance of rebel forces, including jihadist factions.
Russia's involvement in Syria has been controversial, and the West have said it is aiding a brutal crackdown by the Assad regime. According to Russian President Vladmir Putin, the target of the Russian campaign is terrorism.
- Lisa Barrington and Dmitry Solovyov. "Russian helicopter shot down in rebel-held Syria" — , August 1, 2016
- "Syria war: Russian helicopter shot down, killing five on board" — , August 1, 2016