ISIS shots down Jordanian warplane near Syria’s Raqqa

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Image believed to show the Jordanian pilot surrounded by ISIS militants in Raqqa suburb. Photo: Activists

ARA News

Suruc, Turkey – On Wednesday, militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) shot down a Jordanian warplane of the U.S.-led coalition over the city of Raqqa, in northeastern Syria, and arrested its pilot, pro-IS media sources reported.

According to sources, the IS group arrested the Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muaz Kasasbeh, after he jumped out of the plane after being hit by a thermal rocket fired by IS fighters during a sortie over the city of Raqqa.

The pro-IS activists published images of the Jordanian pilot surrounded by a number of IS militants.

Speaking to ARA News on the phone, Syrian lawyer and human rights activist Ferid Hisso expressed doubts about the IS’ capability to target warplanes. 

“Otherwise, why hasn’t the group shot down any fighter jets of the regime over the months of strikes against the IS-held Raqqa province, which has claimed lives of hundreds of civilians?” Hisso commented. 

“Despite the group’s possession of sophisticated weapons, they could not shoot down any pro-Assad warplanes,” Hisso reported.

The Islamic State radical group announced previously its responsibility for shooting down one of the Syrian regime’s warplanes in the sky of Deir ez-Zor city, in eastern Syria.

 

Reporting by: Mohammed Ali Ahmed

Source: ARA News

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