The Independent: U.S.-armed Syrian rebels 'hit Russian helicopter with missile'
A U.S.-armed Syrian rebel group claims it has hit a Russian military helicopter with an anti-tank missile, forcing it to make an emergency landing, according to The Independent.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Free Syrian Army officials said its fighters successfully targeted the Russian search helicopter with anti-tank weaponry.
The insurgent group is among the recipients of U.S. Tow missiles, among other armaments, designed to bolster it against regime forces.
Unlike the pilots of the Russian jet, the helicopter did not come down within rebel-held territory in the mountainous north-eastern Latakia province where it was hit, the Observatory told Reuters.
Instead, it was reportedly able to make an emergency landing in a nearby government-held area.