ISIL shoots down Syrian military jet, kills pilot

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ISIL fighters shot down a Syrian military plane in
the eastern Syrian city of Deir Az Zor,
the group’s
Amaq news agency reported on Sunday.
“A Syrian warplane belonging to the Syrian regime
was brought down when targeted by fighters from
the Islamic State in the city of Deir al-Zor,” Amaq
said in an online statement.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights, which monitors the Syrian conflict now in
its sixth year, said the pilot of the MiG Syrian
warplane was killed.

Earlier in the day, Syrian state news agency SANA
reported that government troops had regained
territory in the eastern province lost to fighters
affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the
Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) “as a result of the
American aircraft aggression”.
The US military said it may have unintentionally
struck Syrian troops while carrying out a raid
against ISIL in Deir Az Zor on Saturday.
Russia’s military said it was told by the Syrian
army that at least 62 soldiers were killed and more
than 100 wounded in the raid in the Jabal Tharda
area of Deir Az Zor.
The Observatory said on Sunday the plane came
down in the same area, which overlooks the
government’s Deir Az Zor military airport.
The city’s airport and some government-held
districts have been entirely surrounded by ISIL
since last year, with the airport providing the only
external access.
Heavy air strikes over the past 24 hours have hit
ISIL-controlled areas near Deir Az Zor city,
according to the Observatory and Syrian state
media.

Source: News Agencies

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