Homs – The Islamic State (ISIS) on Thursday took responsibility for shooting down a Russian aircraft in Syria’s central Homs Governorate. Local sources told ARA News that the aircraft was shot down in the Hwesis District, east of Homs city.
In a statement released by the jihadi Amaq Agency, ISIS announced that their militants had launched a rocket at a Russian military helicopter, which had subsequently crashed. Amaq also released images which purportedly showed the destroyed Russian chopper.
Corroborating the Islamic State’s claims, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that one of its helicopters was hit by shells. However, Moscow hasn’t provided any further details about the incident or the fate of the crew.
ISIS militants have previously downed several warplanes over Syria. ARA News has provided a summary of their attacks below.
On July 9th, two Russian pilots died near the Syrian city of Palmyra when their helicopter was shot down by ISIS jihadists.
On July 22, the extremist group blew up a Syrian warplane in Homs’s Jib al-Jarrah District. The jihadi Amaq Agency released images showing a destroyed Syrian warplane, claiming that it crashed after ISIS militants hit it with a rocket.
On September 23, ISIS claimed responsibility for shooting down a US drone that had been flying over the Iraqi-Syrian border. The drone was knocked out near Shaddadi city in Hasakah Governorate.
On September 21st, the extremist group shot down a Syrian jet in a Damascus suburb. A Syrian Army commander, at the time, told ARA News: “Shortly after taking off from the Dumair Airbase in a Damascus suburb, the warplane was targeted by terrorist fire and crashed over eastern Qalamoun.”
On October 21st, ISIS took responsibility for shooting down an American warplane near the town of Margada, in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah Governorate. ISIS said that the destroyed plane was an A-10 Thunderbolt jet.
Reporting by: Jamil Mukarram & Haytham Mustafa | Source: ARA News
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