Moments ago, Navy Marines of the Syrian Arab Army managed to catch 4 highly wanted militants from the Free Syrian Army’s 1st Coastal Brigade in Latakia province – these four fighters are responsible for downing a Russian M-8 helicopter. The incident, which at the time caused the death of one Russian pilot and one Russian elite soldier, happened after Turkey downed a Russian jet on the November 20th, 2015.
Shortly after getting message of Turkey downing a Russian war plane, the Syrian Army and Russian Army launched a top-secret joint rescue mission which helped them recover one of two pilots who parachuted from his Russian Su-24 jet; the other was executed by Turkmen rebels affiliated with Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Qaeda group).
Footage of these FSA militants downing the M-8 helicopter with a TOW-missile:
The four FSA fighters, whose names have not been made official yet, were captured by an elite SAA unit after they were preparing an offensive in the countryside of Lattakia province. However, their plans were quickly halted and they now face being trialed in either Syria or Russia for terrorism-related crimes.
Remarkably, the four militants had themselves filmed while firing a heat-seeking-missile which destroyed a Russian M-8 helicopter and struck near the rescue unit. Thus, the trial will likely proceed easily. The picture below also implies that the men in the footage and the ones arrested are in fact one and the same: