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Syrian rebels down military helicopter (Video)

The Free Syrian Army claims that it has shot down a military helicopter that was flying over Damascus and bombarding a neighborhood.

An image grab taken from a YouTube video shows a burning Syrian combat helicopter falling. (AFP/Getty Images)

The footage below from Reuters shows a combat helicopter in flames and coming down vertically, as you hear gunshots and sounds of Allahu Akbar (God is great) in the background. According to the BBC, the rebels on the ground had been trying to shoot the helicopter down because it had been firing on them during heavy clashes.

The downing of the military helicopter comes almost two weeks after a fighter jet crashed near the Syria-Iraq border, which the rebels claimed to have shot down.

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