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Syrian Helicopter 'Shot Down' By Turkish Forces
Pictures have emerged which appear to show a Syrian government helicopter shot down by Turkish forces.
The pictures, obtained from a social media website, are said to have been shot in Lattakia in the Al Akrad mountains. They have not been verified.
On Monday, Turkey said its warplanes had shot down another Syrian helicopter after it crossed into Turkish airspace.
Meanwhile, Russia's foreign minister has said his country still suspects the chemical gas attack in Damascus was carried out by rebel forces.
Speaking after talks with his French counterpart, Sergey Lavrov also said that a report by UN inspectors does not answer all of Russia's questions about the incident.
The meeting came a day after the UN inspectors submitted their report on the Auguest 21 attack that killed hundreds of people.
Although the report confirmed chemical weapons were used, it did not say who used them.
The US, UK and France insist the report shows it was the Syrian government, which in turn claims it was rebel forces.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said after the meeting with Mr Lavrov: "The report exposes the regime.
"On the basis of the information of our external agents, we consider that the report proves the responsibility of the regime for the chemical weapons attack of August 21."
But Mr Lavrov said "We have serious reason to suggest that this was a provocation by the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al Assad's regime".
On the use of force against the regime, however, Mr Lavrov appeared to suggest that the issue could be reconsidered if Syria violates an agreement on abandoning its chemical weapons.
France and the US say a military option remains on the table and are pushing for a UN resolution to reflect that.
Mr Lavrov said Russia "spoke clearly" about rejecting the use-of-force clause when the chemical weapons agreement was worked out in Geneva.
But if signs emerge that Syria is not fulfilling the agreement or there are reports of further chemical weapons use, "then the Security Council will examine the situation".
Meanwhile, a high-ranking Syrian security source has claimed rebels possess ground-to-ground missiles and sarin nerve gas, and that the UN report shows they carried out attacks near Damascus.
"I categorically deny that we have used sarin gas, for the reason that we had no interest in doing so. We were winning in the battlefield," the official told AFP.
"It is generally the losers who adopt such a suicidal attitude. On the contrary, the army was winning."