UPDATE 2: The Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation claimed responsibility for the shootdown of the helicopter. If this claim is true, the group is now actively receiving MANPADs from Turkey.
UPDATE: According to RT Arabic, the MANPAD was launched from a Turkish observation post stationed near Daarat al-Izza.
On February 14, Turkish-backed militants shot down a Syrian military helicopter (reportedly Mi-8) in western Aleppo. The crew died in the incident. According to reports, the incident allegedly took place in the area west of Qabtan al-Jabal.
Most likely the aircraft was downed by a MANPAD. Local sources report that recently Turkey provided Idlib groups (including Hayat Tahrir al-Sham) with a number of such missiles.
This was the second Syrian military helicopter downed by Turkish-backed militants since the start of February. On February 11, a Syrian military helicopter was downed by a MANPAD near the village of Nayrab in eastern Idlib.
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