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Russia’s Mi-28N Night Hunter Attack Chopper Unleashes Hell on Islamic State

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Russian Mi-28N ‘Night Hunter’ choppers have struck at Daesh targets surrounded by the Syrian Army in an area near the Shaer gas field in central Syria. Zvezda television channel has released fresh video of the gunship in action.
The video, released Friday, shows the helicopter firing at terrorist targets, and releasing countermeasures against potential enemy portable missile systems before an advance by Syrian ground forces.

According to Zvezda, Night Hunters were sent into the area during a Syrian army ground offensive, which stopped after running into heavy enemy fire. After receiving the coordinates of enemy firing points from ground forces, the Russian gunships were dispatched to destroy enemy targets. The Night Hunter’s assist helped the army break through Daesh’s positions and liberate territory occupied by the terrorists since summer 2014.

Last week, summarizing the results of Russia’s 23 month operation in Syria, Russian General Staff chief Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy said that since the start of the Russian air campaign in Syria in September 2015, the Aerospace Forces have carried out 90,000 airstrikes against the terrorist targets in more than 28,000 sorties, helping the Syrian government to increase the territory under its control fourfold.

The Mi-28N (NATO reporting name Havoc) is a new-generation Russian attack helicopter. The all-weather, day-night, two-seater chopper is optimized for use against enemy armor, infantry, caves, bunkers, and other fortifications. The helicopter has been widely used in Syria. An upgrade to the chopper –the Mi-28NM, has been approved based on the gunship’s combat experience in the Middle Eastern country. In addition to Russia, the Mi-28’s operators include Algeria, Iraq, and Venezuela.

In addition to Russia, the Mi-28’s operators include Algeria, Iraq, and Venezuela.

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Russian Airstrikes Destroy Nusra Front Attacking Military Police in Idlib

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The Russian Defense Ministry has released a video of Russian airstrikes that helped to check the US-initiated offensive by al-Nusra terrorists in Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone and break the militants’ siege of a Russian military police unit encircled in the area.

The footage shows armed vehicles being ripped apart by missiles raining down on them by Russian strike fighters and helicopter gunships just as the Syrian Army launched a massive counterattack forcing the jihadists into a retreat.

The al-Nusra Front terrorists used artillery, tanks and infantry fighting vehicles during their offensive to the north and northeast of the city of Hama in the Idlib de-escalation zone penetrating Syrian army defenses to a depth of some 12 kilometers (8 miles).

A statement by the Russian General Staff said that the militants’ attack was “initiated by US secret services to stop the successful advance of government troops to the east of Deir ez-Zor.”
The Americans deny the charges.

A 29-person strong Russian military police unit was encircled and repelled the terrorists’ attacks for several hours fighting alongside members of an allied local tribe until Russian Spetsnaz and Syrian Special Ops units, backed by the Su-25 strike fighters, came to the rescue breaking the enemy siege.

The terrorist offensive has largely been stopped, leaving 850 militants dead and 11 tanks, four armored vehicles and other military hardware completely destroyed.

The Syrian Army, supported by Russian warplanes, launched a counterattack and has almost completely reclaimed its positions in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

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Israel shot down Iranian-made drone flying near Syrian border

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The Israeli Defense Forces shot a Patriot surface-to-air missile at a Hezbollah-operated drone Tuesday that had crossed the “Bravo line” demarcating the demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria, an IDF spokesman told the Jerusalem Post.

Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis told the outlet the unmanned aerial vehicle took off from Damascus and began approaching Israel on an intelligence-gathering mission. The Raytheon missile successfully intercepted the drone after which it crashed in the Syrian town of Quneitra, according to the IDF official.

Iranian drones have proven to be a thorn in the side of the US Navy. F/A-18 Super Hornets attempting a landing on the deck of the USS Nimitz in early August, forcing the US jet to take evasive action.

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