The downing of the Jordanian F-16 over Syria’s Raqqa last week could be a major turning point for the loosely built U.S.-led alliance fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
It is still unclear whether the plane crashed, as the U.S. said, due to a mechanical failure or human error. Regardless, the incident led to ISIS’s capture of the plane’s 26-year-old Jordanian pilot.
A nightmare scenario for the coalition would be for ISIS’s claim that it downed the plane using a heat-seeking missile to be true.
The F-16 is renowned for being one of the most advanced fighter jets in the world and is rarely downed by enemy fire in various theatres of war.
The international alliance should return to the drawing board to assess the dangers and fault linesMohamed Chebarro