The Free Syrian Army, a conglomerate of several rebel groups fighting against Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria, has uploaded a video to YouTube showcasing its apparent success striking a direct hit on a Russian helicopter that had recently landed.
The fighters claim they shot down the helicopter Tuesday during the day, and that it was located near the crash site of a SU-24 Fighter Jet that was shot down earlier by Turkish forces. The strike occurred in Latakia province, Syria, which is controlled by forces loyal to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
The rebels used a U.S.-made BGM-71 TOW missile, a powerful guided anti-tank missile to destroy the Russian helicopter. After striking a direct-hit on their target, they exclaimed, “Allahu Akbar!”
Some 23 rebel groups are supplied with U.S. TOW missiles, according to reports.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), an anti-Assad, anti-ISIS advocacy group, confirmed that the Syrian fighters destroyed a Russian helicopter on Tuesday.
Rami Abdulrahman, who heads the SOHR, said that the helicopter was hit after the 10-man Russian crew had evacuated.