ISIS fighters say they bring down Syrian jet

A still image taken on July 14, 2016 from social media video said to be shot today July 14, 2016, shows the wreckage of a Syrian jet that was brought down by ISIS near the eastern city of Deir al-Zor, Syria. (Reuters)

ISIS fighters brought down a Syrian jet near the eastern city of Deir al-Zor on Thursday, a monitoring group and an agency linked to the radical militant group said.

Amaq agency released video footage showing the flaming wreckage of a plane scattered across a stretch of barren rocky ground, as well as parts of a corpse in military uniform and a white helmet, hung out for display on a street.

It said the body was that of the pilot.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based organisation which monitors Syria’s war through a network of sources inside the country, said ISIS had targeted and brought down the plane in the Thardah hills, about 5 km southwest of Deir al-Zor military airport.

ISIS controls most of the eastern province of Deir al-Zor, though forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad hold the airport and part of Deir al-Zor city on the Euphrates river.

It was not immediately clear how the militants downed the jet, which the Observatory said was the second jet to be brought down over ISIS territory since April.

It said ISIS had also brought down two helicopters in recent months.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51