ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A Syrian government helicopter was downed in a rural area west of Aleppo in Syria’s Idlib region, where violence and displacement has spiked in recent weeks, Turkish state-owned Anadolu news agency said on Friday.

Turkey’s military has sent additional arms and troops to Idlib, on its southern border, to confront a push by Syrian government forces to retake the country’s last major rebel stronghold after nearly nine years of war.