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    A Mi 24 helicopter of the Syrian army in the vicinity of Palmyra, Syria.

    Daesh Terrorists Shoot Down Helicopter Near Palmyra: Russian Pilots Killed

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    The Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday that Daesh terrorists shot down a helicopter near Syria's Palmyra, killing two Russian military instructor pilots.

    On July 8, Russian military instructor pilots conducted a test flight of a Syrian Mi-25 helicopter (export version of the Mi-24 helicopter), when it received a request from the Syrian authorities to carry out airstrikes against a large group of Daesh terrorists advancing to the east of Palmyra, the ministry said.

    The Russian crew of the helicopter repelled the attack of a large Daesh group of fighters on the Syrian government forces.

    "The crew received a request from the Syrian unit's command to strike the advancing fighters. The captain, Ryafagat Khabibulin, made a decision to attack the terrorists. The skillful actions of the Russian crew thwarted the terrorists' advance. When the helicopter's ammunition was spent and it changed its course to the opposite direction, it was shot down by terrorists from the ground and crashed in an area controlled by the Syrian government army. The helicopter's crew was killed."

    The killed Russian pilots, Ryafagat Khabibulin and Yevgeny Dolgin, will be posthumously awarded, the ministry said.


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      Again, never occurred prior to the entry of the US 300.
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      I wonder if that was a flight that Russia notified NATO about.
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      Two more Russians dead. R.I.P.
    • avatar
      This was probably done by a US supplied missile. Time for a response!
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      It was machine gun fire, is said at other sources. The helicopter got where there was no defense and did what it could.
      I wonder what the SU 30's doing instead of bomb them to the STONE AGE.
      When any Russia helicopter get close like that, is wise IF the fastest jets available take off , and get there too. Others like the SU 34 could arrive later. And even toss hipersonic missiles.

      Time to end this two timing SAGA.
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       President Putin, “Our Hearts Go Out to The Family Of Your Pilots.
       Many people around the World love you & the Russian people.
       The Corrupt USA & European Media & 98% USA Congress are in the pockets of Israel & Israeli-Americans, who run the propaganda.
       We know, “Due to your History”, you are close the Israelis, but don’t be surprised if you find out Israel somehow responsible for shooting down the helicopter and killed the Smart & Brave Russian Pilots..
    • Bernardo Mendes
      Next time Mr Putin, go all in.
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      it was a us stinger rocket. But from how the terrorists have such armes?
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      Such unfortunate events will become regular occurrence since very smart Putin on US request (order to be precise) withdraw majority of combat jets and bombers from the Syria showing how big pussy he is. Instead increasing number of airplanes, send special forces in seriously large numbers and other elite soldiers on rotation to get combat experience and overcome initial fear which is normal and always present until they go through first fire "baptism"

      I really do not understand what the hell is rolling in Putin's head. Now after they pulled out majority of military assets number of killed Russian soldiers is increasing. Maybe would be good Idea if Putin would put on combat uniform and gear and join the fight for 10 - 20 days. Then after filling up his underwear few times he would know what needs to be done to win the war.

      During WW2 some later well known leaders were fighting in military ranks such as French general De Gaul, Yugoslav Marshal Tito, Chinese Mao Zedong, Vietnamese Ho Chi Minh, and some other who were leaders of resistance against Nazis and after the WW2 lead their countries.

      There should be law to force presidents who are sending their troops in a war to be forced to join front line for 20 days, just to understand the needs of troops and to see all horrors of war. It puzzles me how that Putin is so willing to obey Obama and western leaders even though Russian military is willing to do their best only to be stopped and limited by Putin.

      If there would be more jets and if Russia would accept Syrian proposition to take additional air base inland than response time would be quite immediate. As it is now that mostly helicopters are fighting there it is clear that they will become victims of ISIL. On You Tube we can see that ISIL has a lot of superb Russian made dual barrel 30mm canons mounted on half trucks and these are real hell for low flying helicopters as they are usually hidden in private house garage and come out to shoot only when opportunity is the right.

      As soon as attack has been done the bombers should drop doyens of thermobaric bombs thud incinerating all living in a mile of diameter. That would eliminate all terrorists as we can see they are always hiding in private houses on the outskirts of the town or villages.

      Special forces should come to verify if all are nicely roasted and if someone is still alive shorten his suffering. I would quite confidently say that all of these Russian soldiers losses have to be on Putin's conscience.
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