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Saudi-Backed Terrorists Award Themselves Medals After Pretending to Shoot Down Russian Chopper

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A Saudi-backed terrorist group handed out participation trophies to its brave fighters after they fired off a few rounds at a Russian helicopter in Latakia, Syria, and then declared victory. 

Good heavens, even the head-choppers have become intolerable snowflakes. What is the world coming to?

<figcaption>Special terrorist snowflakes: Everyone gets a trophy!</figcaption>
Special terrorist snowflakes: Everyone gets a trophy!

As Al Masdar News reports:

A slightly humorous event took place in Idlib on Friday as the leader of Ahrar Al-Sham, Abu Ammar Al-Omar, personally congratulated two of the group’s anti-aircraft fighters on shooting down a Russian military helicopter on March 27 in a mountainous region over Latakia and downing a Syrian MiG-21 jet on March 4 in Idlib.

Just hours after Ahrar Al-Sham claimed to have shot down the Russian chopper last Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry denied losing the aircraft in mention. Al-Masdar News later obtained information from a credible military source who stated the Russian helicopter was damaged but returned safely to Khmeimim Airbase shortly after. Nevertheless, Ahrar Al-Sham stuck to its guns on the initial claim despite not providing any footage as proof.

In addition, although a Syrian MiG-21 was indeed was downed on March 4 due to damage caused by jihadist anti-aircraft fire, the warplane crashed across the border in Hatay province while the pilot was captured hours later by Turkish authorities. According to Ahrar Al-Sham however, the Syrian jet was supposedly downed in Idlib province; this claim was soon after disproved by photos released by the Turkish government.

It was not immediately clear if the Ahrar Al-Sham ceremony was part of a media stunt or not. More pictures of the event can be for below:

Chris Tomson | Al-Masdar News

Trophies for everyone! 

As Al Masdar News correctly points out, "Ahrar Al-Sham enjoys backing from Saudi Arabia and is one of the largest rebel factions in Syria, second only to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. The Islamist group is considered a terrorist organization by Russia, Syria, Iran, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates."

It's also considered a terrorist group by Germany:

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