Russian attack helicopters destroyed in Syria; US officials say 'accident' to blame
"The Russian military suffered a setback in Syria when fires destroyed four Mi-24 attack helicopters last week, but U.S. officials tell Fox News the intelligence community believes it was an "accident," not an Islamic State terror attack."
"The Stratfor analysis is wrong," one U.S. official told Fox News. Another official said, "There is no indication that an ISIS attack took place.""
So now the US gov't is saying there was no attack. But, if it was an fire caused by an accident, than how do you explain the damage to the MiG-25, barring the possibility that the photos are stratfor fakes?
Genie is out of the bottle now. What the US says is irrelevant. They pushed this info 'leak' through Stratfor as they had with other such semi-official mouthpieces. bellingcat, former Ambassadors, RUSI. It's part of the same group 'gossip' as always.
One thing is certain.
This is above ISIS capabilities other than witnessing.
When you look back again there's a couple of things missing.
1. Impacts. Mortars that ISIS has big issues with would be fired either NW of the base from flat terrain, or IRAM's would be fired from the hilltops further N/NW/W. That makes hitting anything accurately almost impossible.
2. This opens the hypothesis of an ATGM attack But that again would have ISIS within the 3 km range of the outer ring.
purportedly 10thof May satellite image. Mig 25 is not Visible.
3. Oryxblog 27 June 2015:
Check the Helicopter pad...Check the area.
4. Based on DETAILED images from 2015 (especially L39 pack), look at the actual distance between the helicopters. There's about 20 to 30m between the helicopters. We know from Ukrainian footage, that Grads hitting will not cause a fire for sure, nor their shrapnel would pepper 100m around. The helicopters were NEVER nearby fuel trucks. NEVER. Even the Syrians wouldn't do that. And as for ammo. Impact marks aren't visible anyway near the helicopters.
This MIG 25 has been there for more than one year...
Yet, this isn't visible on that map