Dec 24, 2014 6:36 AM

IS shoots down warplane over Syria

The Associated Press

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) Jordan's military says one of its warplanes that was on a mission over Syria has crashed in the northern province of Raqqa and the pilot was captured by the Islamic State group.

The statement carried by state news agency Petra said that IS and "those who support it" will be responsible for the safety of the pilot.

Activists said earlier that IS fighters shot down a Jordanian warplane in Raqqa on Wednesday and captured the pilot.

It was the first warplane by the U.S.-led coalition to be shot down.

The U.S.-led coalition has carried out hundreds of airstrikes against IS positions in Syria since Sept. 23.

Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have joined in airstrikes against the extremist group, while Qatar is providing logistical support.


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