Monday, August 27, 2012

Guardian Video: Syrian rebels 'down army helicopter' in Damascus

Amateur footage purports to show Syrian rebels shoot down an army helicopter as it bombarded the Damascus neighbourhood of Jobar on Monday. Witnesses said the helicopter was engulfed in flames after it was hit, before coming down in the nearby district of al-Qaboun. Syrian state TV said a helicopter had crashed in Damascus, but gave no further details, Monday 27 August 2012

Also, see this from AP:

".....With its forces stretched thin by fighting on several fronts, President Bashar al-Assad's regime has been increasingly using air power against the rebels – both helicopters and warplanes. The army has been fighting major battles against rebels in Damascus and its suburbs for more than a month while engaged in what appears to be a stalemated fight against rebels for control of northern Aleppo, the country's largest city and commercial capital.

The rebels are not known to have any answer to the regime's warplanes except anti-aircraft guns that they mostly use as an anti-personnel weapon. Last month, rebels claimed to have shot down a Russian-made MiG fighter, but the government blamed the crash on a malfunction....."

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