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HTS Says Its Forces Hit Syrian Helicopter Over Northern Lattakia

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HTS Says Its Forces Hit Syrian Helicopter Over Northern Lattakia

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Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria, claimed on November 7 that its militants had hit a Syrian military helicopter over northern Lattakia.

“Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham anti-aircraft weapons have reportedly managed to hit a helicopter of the criminal regime over the axis of [the town of] Kabani in the northern Lattakia countryside,” a report by the terrorist group’s news network, Iba’a, reads.

Several sources confirmed that helicopters of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) carried out a series of airstrikes on Kabani and its outskirt in the morning. However, there were no other reports confirming HTS claims.

Terrorist groups in the so-called Greater Idlib region are known for possessing several types of MANPADs, including Soviet-made 9K38 Igla and Chinese-made FN-6 missiles.

Three months ago, HTS shot down a Su-22 warplane of the SyAAF over southern Idlib using an anti-aircraft missile of an unknown type. Several unconfirmed reports suggested that Turkey is supplying Greater Idlib militants with such advanced weapons.

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