ISIS downs SAA helicopter in western Deir ez-Zor City

By Naveed Malekafzali (Twitter)

Deir ez-Zor - In the early afternoon of July 2, ISIS released a report through its quasi-independent news outlet, al-A'maq Agency, that it had downed a military helicopter belonging to the Syrian Arab Army with an ATGM near al-'Asad Hospital in western Deir ez-Zor City. The area from where the helicopter took off is just over a kilometer from the government frontline with ISIS. The city itself has been besieged by ISIS since July 2014, following the expulsion of all other rebel groups from the province.

The news release reads: A helicopter of the Syrian Army was destroyed by a guided missile near al-'Asad Hospital west of the city of Deir ez-Zor.

The news release reads: A helicopter of the Syrian Army was destroyed by a guided missile near al-'Asad Hospital west of the city of Deir ez-Zor.

A little over two hours later, al-A'maq released a video of the missile strike, the take-down itself occurring in the last few seconds in the video. The fate of the crew is, as of this writing, unknown.

 

The location of the launch of the ISIS ATGM strike can be located in the area between Tell Alloush and Jabal al-Amal, south of the city of Deir ez-Zor and ISIS-controlled area. It is impossible to tell where exactly it was shot from and what ATGM it is.