Jordan confirms ISIL captured its pilot in Syria

Jordan’s Air Force has confirmed reports that the ISIL terrorists captured one of its pilots after the aircraft went down during a mission in Syria.

“During a mission Wednesday morning conducted by several Jordanian Air Force planes against hideouts of the IS (ISIL) terrorist organization in the Raqqa region, one of the planes went down and the pilot was taken hostage” by the ISIL, official news agency Petra quoted a source from the Jordanian military’s general staff as saying on Wednesday.

The official declined to say why the plane went down. However, the Takfiri terrorists and the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said earlier in the day that the aircraft had been shot with an anti-aircraft missile.

ISIL also released photos on the net showing the captured Jordanian pilot along with a card identifying him as 26-year-old First Lieutenant Maaz al-Kassasbeh.

According to Jordanian media reports, the pilot’s father, Youssef, also confirmed his son’s capture and said he was told the military is “working to save his life.”

“My other son met with the commander of the Jordanian Air Force who confirmed to him that my son Maaz was captured by IS (ISIL),” he said, urging the militants to show “mercy and free my son.”

Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are among a number of countries that have joined the so-called US-led alliance carrying out airstrikes against what is said to be ISIL positions in Syria and Iraq.

Most of these countries have been supporting al-Qaeda-linked militant groups fighting the government in Syria.

The Jordanian plane is the first coalition warplane shot down since the airstrikes on ISIL positions in Syria started in September.

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