Friday, October 17, 2014

IS Militants Being Trained to Pilot Fighter Jets; Flew Captured Jets in Syria Near Aleppo Airport

Reports have emerged that ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants have been trained to pilot three captured fighter jets in Syria, the Euro News website reports today (October 17, 2014).

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said several witnesses reported the planes were flown around the military airport in Aleppo, Syria. It is unknown whether the jets are equipped with functioning weapons. The insurgents were said to be trained by former pilots of the late Iraqi tyrant Saddam Hussein.

The U.S. military said it was unaware of any IS flight operations in Syria or elsewhere.

IS militants have often captured weaponry from Syrian and Iraqi armies, but this would be the first time they have piloted warplanes.

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