Video shows Iraqi Mi-35 gunships attack and destroy ISIS terrorists convoy

The Iraqi Army is using its new attack choppers to hunt terrorists around Samarra and Fallujah.

The Iraqi Army operates around 40 Mi-35 gunship and Mi-28NE attack helicopters received from Russia between the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014.

Along with the  AC-208 Combat Caravan, a COIN (Counter Insurgency) version of the civilian Cessna 208 Grand Caravan aircraft equipped with Hellfire missiles, the choppers are used for border patrol and antiterrorist operations against ISIS (Al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) group that is particularly active in the area of Fallujah, Ramadi and Mosul.

On Jun. 6, ISIS militants stormed the city of Samarra before being ousted from the city by airstrikes from the Iraqi military.

The following video, released by the Iraqi Army, reportedly shows the Mi-35 gunships attack a convoy near Samarra (most probably filmed by an AC-208 Combat Caravan).

By the way, Iraq is getting a lot more new hardware, including 36 F-16 Block 52 multirole planes.

 H/T to Matt Fanning for the heads-up


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  1. Hi Irany I have a few questions for you. Why does someone whose user image is a picture of the theocratic dictator of Iran emblazoned with the words, “The blood that runs through our veins is a gift to our leader” need to troll an Aviation blog and spout third rate political propaganda? I’m really curious — are you like one of Marandi’s students at U. of Tehran who will probably be the first to flee to Syria when the current regime eventually collapses under its own bloat and mismanagement, or are you one of those teenage Basiji wannabes who live in Irvine and watch Dehnamaki films and dream about dying in the “sacred defense”? Enlighten me.

  2. I think this is from another helicopter. There is no way you would get the close-up, flat camera angles seen with the first destroyed truck using a fixed-wing aircraft.

  3. in addition to 3.
    it is hard to fight against hillbillies, who can just regroup in Pakistan or IRAN.

    • Exactly – where was OSB when retribution finally caught up with him?
      Hiding in Pakistan with the full knowledge of the authorities.

  4. Your point 3 is wrong. You forgot Vietnam and Russian Afghanistan, they died in scores, but they won the war.

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