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    Five Die as Russian Helicopter Downed Over Syria

    They’d been delivering aid. Footage and photos on social media showed the wreckage of an Mi-8 military helicopter aflame, and at least one body being dragged away from the scene. It’s unclear which group shot down the helicopter, which was carrying both crew and officers returning from a humanitarian mission to the besieged city of Aleppo. The Kremlin said it believes all five on board are dead, but it’s unclear what the repercussions will be for rebels fighting Russia-backed government forces in Aleppo — and the hundreds of thousands of civilians still trapped there.

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