ISIS Captured A Jordanian Pilot Flying Over Syria

ISIS militants claim to have captured a Jordanian pilot after shooting down a coalition warplane over Syria.

ISIS fighters took a Jordanian pilot captive after his warplane came down in northeast Syria Wednesday, the first captive taken from the U.S.-led coalition fighting the jihadi group.

Jordan’s armed forces said one of its pilots had been captured after a coalition air raid over the province of Raqqa.

Islamic State social media accounts posted images purportedly of the warplane’s pilot being held by the group’s fighters as well as images of what they said was his Jordanian military ID card.

A Jordanian air force pilot was captured by Islamic State fighters. (Photo Credit: REUTERS)

The images were verified by two close relatives contacted by Reuters who said they had been notified by the head of the Jordanian air force the pilot was held captive.

According to news report, one of the images showed the pilot in a white shirt being led out of the water by several armed fighters. Another showed him on land surrounded by at least a dozen fighters in military fatigues and equipped with assault rifles.

Jordan is one of the countries participating in the US-led coalition set up to battle Islamic State and which has been bombing Islamic State targets in Syria since September.