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White House on Russian Mi-8 Downing: 'We Regret Any Loss of Life'

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The US administration regrets any death caused by the ongoing Syrian conflict, White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz told reports on Monday following the downing of the Russian Aerospace Forces’ Mi-8 transport helicopter.

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Russian Mi-8 Downed in Area Controlled by al-Nusra Front, 'Moderate' Opposition
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Russian Ministry of Defense said earlier in the day that the transport helicopter with three crew members and two reconciliation center officers was shot down in the northwestern province of Idlib while returning from a humanitarian mission in Aleppo on Monday.

"[We] regret for any loss of life in association with this [Syrian] conflict," Schultz said.

On July 8, Daesh shot down a Syrian Mi-25 helicopter which was being piloted by two Russian officers. The crew received request form the Syrian side to strike advancing Daesh terrorists and thwarted the assault at the expense of their lives.

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