We are receiving reports that ISIS militants have shot down a Russian helicopter over Syria. The helicopter was attacking the advancing terrorists near Palmyra when it was taken down – according to the Russian Defence Ministry. Early reports suggest two pilots on board the Mi-25 helicopter were killed.

A statement from the Russian Defence Ministry said: “The crew received a request from the Syrian unit’s command to strike the advancing fighters. “The captain, Ryafagat Khabibulin, made a decision to attack the terrorists. FULL REPORT