Russian helicopter shot down over Syria
Monday, August 1, 2016
acknowledged one of their military helicopters was shot down today over , killing the entire complement of five people aboard.
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 presidentagainst rebels in the which has so far lasted five years.
Russian officials have said the helicopter had just delivered humanitarian aid toand 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, where the dominant power is an alliance of rebel forces, including jihadist factions. reportedly is not known to be active there.
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, the target of the Russian campaign is terrorism.
- Lisa Barrington and Dmitry Solovyov. "Russian helicopter shot down in rebel-held Syria" — , August 1, 2016
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