Turkish helicopter shot down over Syria

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  • 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.