Tuesday, August 22, 2017
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

Syria: Russian pilots killed as 'ISIL downs helicopter'

Military helicopter involved in anti-ISIL operation crashes near Palmyra after being hit by gunfire from the ground.

Two Russian pilots have been killed in Syria after fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) shot down their helicopter near Palmyra, Russia's defence ministry has said according to local media.

The two men had been attacking a group of ISIL fighters in the Homs region on Friday, when the military chopper they were in ran out of ammunition, the Interfax news agency said, quoting the defence ministry.

"The turning helicopter was hit by militants' gunfire from the ground and crashed in the area controlled by the Syrian government army. The crew died," Interfax said.

ISIL claimed responsibility for the attack, according to SITE monitoring group.

Footage published on Saturday by ISIL's affiliated news agency Amaq showed a helicopter being shot and crashing to the ground.

Russian forces entered the Syrian conflict in late September last year, backing the forces of President Bashar al-Assad. At least 12 Russian soldiers have been killed since Moscow launched its military operation.

In November, Turkish fighter planes shot down a Russian bomber on the Syrian-Turkish border, triggering a crisis in relations between the two countries.

Russia is helping Assad forces against ISIL and other rebel groups, mainly supporting the Syrian army with air strikes.

Western countries have accused Russia of also targeting Syria's moderate opposition and civilians - a claim denied by Moscow.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

Saudi Twitter users urged to expose Qatar sympathisers

Read More

Iran: Top priority to protect nuclear deal from US

Read More

Iraq launches offensive to retake Tal Afar from ISIL

Read More

Qatar files complaint with ICAO over Al Arabiya report

Read More

Lebanese army begins offensive against ISIL on border

Read More

Israel kills Palestinian teen after 'stabbing attempt'

Read More

Global_News

All Serbian diplomats recalled from Skopje amid reports of Macedonia supporting Kosovo's bid to join UNESCO.

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Week in Pictures

Sierra Leone mudslides

'Unite the Right' rally