Turkish helicopter shot down over Syria

Turkish helicopter shot down  T129 Atak. Two Turkish aircrew died. Claimed to be shot down by Kurdish Militia. Possible use of advanced portable anti aircraft weapon. The aircraft was engaged in ground support operations against Kurdish forces in Afrin, Operation Olive Branch. Possible new phase of warfare with the deployment of advanced anti vehicle weapons. Higher risk involved as potential for advanced weapons to fall into terrorist hands increases.   https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/headline/operation-olive-branch-turkish-military-helicopter-shot-down-in-syria-operation-video/ http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/turkey-military-helicopter-shot-down-us-backed-syria-kurdish-forces-recep-tayip-erdogan-a8204186.html https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/turkish-helicopter-shot-down-by-kurdish-militia-in-syria-s-afrin-1.5806923

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Israeli fighter jet shot down by Syrian Forces

Syrian forces shot down an Israeli F-16 on a ground attack mission against targets inside Syrian territory. Israel claims the attack was defensive in nature due to Iranian violation of Israeli airspace with a drone based out of Syria, while Iran claims that the drone was being used to monitor Isis forces in the region. This comes at a time of increasing tensions in the region with the U.S. being accused of violating Syrian sovereignty with its use of U.S. troops embedded in local militia forces. This increase in tensions has now caused Russia to call for restraint among the parties involved. Syria and Iran[…]

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Russian plane shot down in Syria

Russian Su-25 shot down. Aircraft was engaged in ground attack mission in area Idlib, Syria. Portable Anti-Aircraft system used. Claimed to be shot down by Free Syrian Army group (Jaish al-Naser). Pilot believed to have died in firefight with FSA fighters shortly after landing from aircraft ejection. Russia responded with increased strikes to the area including use of Kalibr cruise missiles. https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/03/middleeast/russian-plane-shot-down-syria/index.html

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