Russian helicopter crashes in Syria, two dead: Moscow

Opposition fighters prepare ammunition in the Al-Mushrifa area, near the town of Khan Sheikun in Syria’s northwestern rebel-held province of Idlib, during ongoing clashes with government forces on Jan. 2, 2018. (AFP/Omar Hajj Kadour)
Updated 03 January 2018
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Russian helicopter crashes in Syria, two dead: Moscow

Moscow: A Russian helicopter crashed in Syria on New Year’s Eve killing both pilots following a technical fault, Moscow’s defense ministry said Wednesday.
The Mi-24 military helicopter was flying to Hama, northwestern Syria, and there was no firing from the ground, agencies quote the ministry as saying.
“Both pilots died in a hard landing 15 km (nine miles) from the air base,” the ministry said, adding that a technician had been injured and taken to another air base at for emergency treatment.


East Libya forces in full control at Ras Lanuf oil port - spokesman

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East Libya forces in full control at Ras Lanuf oil port - spokesman

BENGHAZI: East Libyan forces took full control of Ras Lanuf oil terminal and the surrounding area on Thursday as they rapidly advanced against rivals who seized the port a week ago, a spokesman said.
"Our armed forces fully control the Ras Lanuf district and the enemy suffered large losses in lives and equipment," Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari said.