The attack on the Syrian Army Mi-17 helicopter was carried out by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet, military analyst Babak Tagway reported, citing an unnamed former Turkish Air Force pilot.
According to him, the helicopter was shot down by one of the F-16C stationed at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base. The source specified that the fighter pilot used an air-to-air guided missile AIM-120 AMRAAM.
According to earlier reports, the Mi-17, which fell near the town of Nairab in Idlib province, was shot down by militants. The fact of the helicopter’s destruction was confirmed by the Turkish Defense Ministry, but as noted by Turkish journalist Rajip Soilu, the agency did not say who carried out the attack on the aircraft. February 10, the Turkish and Syrian military in Idlib shelled each other’s positions. According to Ankara, five soldiers were killed in the Syrian shelling, and Turkey responded by hitting more than 100 targets. In total, the Turkish army lost its dead in Idlib, where it has its own large military contingent, 12 soldiers and one civilian specialist, in February. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would announce new measures against Syrian troops on February 12.
The Syrian army’s operation in Idlib is underway despite a ceasefire initiated in January, which has been blamed on each other by the official Damascus and representatives of the militants and the armed opposition. The Kremlin said it was concerned about what was happening in Idlib, but considered the militant activity in the region unacceptable.