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Syria-Russian Mi 24 Helicopters-flying tanks are creating Hell for ISIS fighters

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This video by BORZZIKMAN shows helicopters from Russia hovering bombing ISIS territory. In September 2015, the Russian military started their intervention in the Syrial Civil War. This was after the Syrian government put in an official request for military help against rebel and jihadist groups. Initially, the intervention consisted of air strikes from Russian aircrafts stationed in the Khmeimim base. The targets then were militant groups opposed to the Syrian government, in the north-western part of Syria. The militant groups included the Syrian National Coalition, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda in the Levant), and the Army of Conquest. Additionally, Russian military advisors and Special Operations Forces were stationed in Syria.

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At least one Russian Mi-28 attack helicopter covered the Syrian tanks and infantry as they stormed the modern city adjacent to the UN World Heritage Site in order to retake territory from ISIS and US-backed rebels. The battle for Palmyra, which ended this year as ISIS militants fled the city, apparently represented the Mi-28’s combat debut. The Russian gunship’s appearance over Palmyra shows just how much Russia supports the Syrian president Assad’s regime.

The Mil Mi-24 is a large helicopter gunship, attack helicopter, and low-capacity troop transport produced by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant. It can carry eight passengers. It has been in operation since 1972 by the Soviet Air Force and its successors, along with more than 30 other nations.

In NATO circles, the export versions, Mi-25 and Mi-35, are distinguished as “Hind D” and “Hind E” respectively. Soviet pilots call the Mi-24 the “flying tank”, a historical term used to refer to the famous World War II Soviet Il-2 Shturmovik armored ground attack aircraft. Its more common unofficial nicknames were “Crocodile”, due to the helicopter’s camouflage scheme, and “Drinking Glass”, because of the flat glass plates that surrounded earlier Mi-24 variants’ cockpits.

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