Video posted by a news agency affiliated with Islamic State purports to show the moment a helicopter is shot down east of Palmyra in Syria, reportedly killing two Russian pilots. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Video footage uploaded on Saturday (July 9) by Islamic State's affiliated news agency Amaq showed a helicopter being shot and crashing to the ground near Palmyra in Syria. As the helicopter spiraled to the ground cries of 'It's fallen, God is greatest' could be heard on the video. Interfax news agency quoting Russia's defence ministry said, militants shot down a military helicopter near Palmyra in Syria, killing two Russian pilots on board, . The two men had been attacking a detachment of Islamic State fighters in the Homs region on Friday (July 8), when the Syrian Mi-25 helicopter they were in ran out of ammunition, the ministry said, according to Interfax. "The turning helicopter was hit by militants' gunfire from the ground and crashed in the area controlled by the Syrian government army. The crew died," it added. Russian forces entered the conflict at the end of last year, backing the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.