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Video appears to show PKK missile taking down Turkish helicopter

By Rudaw 14/5/2016
A screenshot from the video shows a fighter operating the shoulder-fired missile.
A screenshot from the video shows a fighter operating the shoulder-fired missile.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—A video posted online appears to show a PKK guerilla bringing down a Turkish Cobra helicopter with a man-portable air defence system (MANPADS).

The video, titled Revolutionary Operations – Çukurca Boundary Line – 13 May 2016, was posted on Saturday by Gerilla TV, which is associated with the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK).

Around four minutes into the video, a fighter can be seen operating the shoulder-fired missile. The missile appears to hit the tail of a helicopter, throwing it into a spin before crashing behind a hill. 

A voice can be heard yelling “Cobra down! Well done!”

The guided weapons, MANPADS, were designed to protect ground forces from enemy aircraft and are a threat to low-flying craft, particularly helicopters. 

This is believed to be the first time the PKK have successfully used such a weapon.

“There have been rumours of them having MANPADS in their arsenal, but nothing concrete,” Kyle Glen, co-founder of Conflict News, was quoted as saying in the Washington Post. “This is the first actual video evidence of their use inside Turkey that I have seen in several years.”

Glen warned that, if the video is genuine and the PKK do have such a weapon, this may escalate the cycle of violence between the guerillas and Turkey, calling it a “bloody cycle.”

On Friday, the military wing of the PKK, the People's Defence Force (HPG), published a statement on its website claiming that it had downed a Turkish helicopter near the Iraqi border. 

The Turkish army confirmed that the loss of the helicopter but said it went down due to a technical failure. 

The helicopter was in the area to support Turkish soldiers who were engaged in clashes with the PKK that saw six killed. The military has also confirmed the death of the two pilots, bringing their casualties in the incident to eight. 

The statement from HPG added that their forces have a couple of bodies of "dead Turkish soldiers." The video does not reveal the fate of anyone aboard the helicopter.

The Turkish military is claiming to have killed six PKK guerillas in Friday’s clashes. 

A forty-year conflict between the PKK and Turkey was reignited in July last year, ending a two year truce that many had hoped would finally bring peace to the troubled region.

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jimmy | 14/5/2016
So that's the "technical failure" that brought down that gunship LOL. The statements and figures coming out the garbage turkish army are all exaggerations and lies, they randomly shell across the border into Syria and claim to to kill 48 ISIL terrorists :) their artillery shells are more accurate than the highly expensive US guided missiles!
Adam | 14/5/2016
God bless Kurdistan
Azad | 14/5/2016
They got what they deserve but unfortunately their will never be peace so sad
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Melisa Mardin | 14/5/2016
Technical failure? Hahaha :) of course the Turkish state will say that, the Turks never admit the truth. Good work PKK
troy | 14/5/2016
i do not know it is coincidence but last week turkish/saudi suppoted rebels killed a bunch of iranian soldiers in syria. and today this happened.
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