On Thursday, a video was released showing an Iraqi army helicopter flying over Mosul until it is struck down in a missile attack by ISIS, killing both pilots on board.
In the last few weeks, Mosul as seen increased resistance against the Islamic State from forces such as the government army, the Kurdish Peshmerga, and international allies. As a result, military helicopters have been providing air support to forces fighting militants on the ground level.
In western Mosul, one of these helicopters was struck down from a militant’s rocket launcher. An Associated Press cameraman happened to catch the footage of the helicopter falling to its doom in a glowing, warped inferno.
This is the first time an aircraft in Mosul has been destroyed by ISIS since the start of the US-led coalition, which began last year in October.
“Daesh fighters are resisting on a professional level because they have no escape routes left,” said federal police officer Hussein Qassem, who used the Islamic State’s Arabic language acronym. “They are resisting until they are killed. God willing, we will not leave any Islamic State fighters. We will fight till the end.”
Footage of the helicopter’s plummet can be viewed below:
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