IS captures Jordanian pilot after warplane crashes in Syria

IS captures Jordanian pilot after warplane crashes in Syria

Islamic State (IS) militants have captured the pilot of a Jordanian warplane that crashed in northern Syria, Jordan’s military has confirmed.

The jihadist group claimed it had shot down the jet with a heat-seeking missile near the city of Raqqa.

It published photographs showing the pilot, who has been named as Flight Lieutenant Moaz Youssef al-Kasasbeh.

This is the first US-led coalition aircraft to be lost on IS territory since air strikes began in September.

Jordan is one of four Arab states which have bombed targets in Syria.

Plea for mercy

The confirmation that a Jordanian pilot had been captured came in a statement carried by the state news agency, Petra.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30596474

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