U.S. officials reliable reports Wednesday that a Jordanian warrior jet was shot down in a quarrel opposite Islamic State militants in northern Syria and that a commander had been captured.
But officials denied claims done by a belligerent classification that it was obliged for a downing.
In a statement, U.S. Central Command pronounced a Jordanian F-16 was shot down in a closeness of Raqqa, a de facto collateral of a Islamic State group, also famous as ISIS, or ISIL.
It was not immediately famous how a warplane was shot down. CENTCOM pronounced justification “clearly indicates” that ISIS did not down a plane.
“We will support efforts to safeguard (the pilot’s) protected recovery, and will not endure ISIL’s attempts to falsify or feat this hapless aircraft pile-up for their possess purposes,” CENTCOM commander General Lloyd J. Austin III, who is overseeing all bloc troops operations in Iraq and Syria, pronounced in a statement.
But a Islamic State is famous to have bonds of Russian-made Igla anti-aircraft missiles. The shoulder-fired arms has prolonged been in a Syrian and Iraqi supervision arsenals — it was used during a 1991 Gulf War by Iraqi army to down a British Tornado jet, for example. More recently, militants in Chechnya have used them to down Russian helicopters.
Jordanian Information Minister Mohammad Momani told The Associated Press that a craft was shot down by “ground fire” though did not elaborate.
Another group, a Raqqa Media Center, pronounced a warplane crashed nearby a encampment of Hamra Ghannam, adding that ISIS militants were acid a area in box there is another pilot.
If ISIS did fire down a Jordanian aircraft, it would be a initial warplane shot down by a belligerent organisation given a U.S.-led bloc began a airstrikes opposite a organisation in Syria 3 months ago.
RMC published a sketch pronounced to be of a commander who seemed wearing a white shirt as he was surrounded by 11 fighters, some of them masked. Another sketch published by a organisation showed a male — exposed from a waist down and shower soppy — being prisoner by 3 gunmen as he was taken out of what seemed to be a lake.
RMC after posted a sketch of a Jordanian troops temperament label of a commander identifying him as Mu’ath Safi Yousef al-Kaseasbeh who was innate on May 29, 1988. A sketch of al-Kaseasbeh was also posted in a Petra report, though he was not named.
In Jordan, a pilot’s cousin Marwan al-Kaseasbeh reliable by write with The Associated Press that a photos are of his cousin.
“May Allah plant forgiveness in your hearts and might we recover my son,” al-Kaseasbeh’s father, Youssef, told a Jordanian journal Saraya, according to a BBC.
Youssef al-Kaseasbeh pronounced he listened a news about his son’s constraint after a conduct of a Royal Jordanian Air Force sensitive one of his sons.
Mu’ath Safi Yousef al-Kaseasbeh has been a commander in a atmosphere force for 6 years and was married in July.
The central pronounced any serve questions about a purported constraint should be referred to a supervision of Jordan. He spoke on a condition of anonymity given he was not certified to plead a reports by name.
The United States and several Arab allies have been distinguished a Islamic State in Syria given Sept. 23, and U.S. and other general warplanes have been waging an atmosphere debate opposite a extremists in Iraq for even longer. The debate aims to pull behind a jihadi classification after it took over most of Iraq and Syria and announced a “caliphate.”
Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain and a United Arab Emirates are participating in a Syria strikes, with Qatari logistical support.
The pilot’s constraint raises a calamity unfolding for Jordan, that has been neatly criticized by belligerent sympathizers for a participation. ISIS in a past has beheaded dozens of Syrian soldiers it prisoner in operations around a country. The organisation has also beheaded 3 Americans and dual Britons.
Asaad Kanjo, an romantic formed in a northwestern range of Idlib, pronounced ISIS is believed to have acquired a Igla missiles by shopping them from mainstream insurgent commanders or after some antithesis fighters defected and assimilated a jihadi group.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.