ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) hostage rescue attempts by U.S. Special Forces were abandoned last night after the team took heavy fire in Syria. Jordanian fighter pilot Muadh al-Kasasbeh is being held in the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa -- in northern Syria -- the Inquisitr website reports today (January 2, 2015).
The U.S. Special Forces were carried to Syria to rescue the Jordanian fighter pilot via two gunships. Muadh al-Kasasbeh was captured by ISIS on December 24. Heavy raids on Islamic State fighters were carried out by coalition troops during the rescue attempt.
Muadh al-Kasasbeh, 26, is the first military pilot to be captured by ISIS since the international coalition forces began fighting the Islamic State in September.
The Jordanian fighter pilot was reportedly one of several captives who would have been saved had the U.S. Special Forces rescue mission not been abandoned in Syria.