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GETTING HOT: Russian Copter Downed by Syrian Fighters (Video)

This is getting out of control

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Reuters is reporting that now a Russian military helicopter is down, apparently by a group fighting the Syrian government in Syria:

BEIRUT - Syrian fighters fired at a Russian helicopter forcing it to make an emergency landing in a nearby government-held area in Syria's Latakia province on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

<figcaption>It was only a matter of time</figcaption>
It was only a matter of time

A Syrian insurgent group, recipient of U.S. Tow missiles, said its fighters hit the helicopter with an anti-tank missile.

This is going to raise the temperature some more.

According to eyewitnesses, the crew was safely evacuated, after which the Russian air force destroyed the remains of the downed copter.

To see how easily this could happen, watch this excellent footage of how close to the ground the Russian helicopters are flying while on missions.



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