Syrian opposition group says the ISIL Takfiri militants have shot down a US-led coalition warplane over northern Syria

December 24, 2014 11:14 am

The so-called Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights said Wednesday that ISIL militants also “took a
[non-Syrian] Arab pilot prisoner after shooting his plane down with an
anti-aircraft missile near Raqqa city.”

The ISIL also released photographs purportedly showing a captured Jordanian pilot on its websites.

Jordanian officials have not made any comment on the incident.

Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain are among a number of
countries that have joined the so-called US-led alliance carrying out
airstrikes against ISIL in Syria and Iraq. This comes as most of these
countries have been supporting Al-Qaeda-linked militant groups fighting
the Syrian government.

If confirmed, this would be the first coalition warplane shot down since the airstrikes started in September.

The ISIL militants, who have seized large swathes of land in Iraq and
neighboring Syria, have been carrying out horrific acts of violence,
including public decapitations and crucifixions, against all communities
such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians, in both Arab states.

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