U.S. ‘unaware’ of Islamic State’s warplanes: official


ISIL militants seized several fighter jets after controlling military airports in Raqqa and Aleppo. Activists

ARA News

Aleppo, Syria – Colonel Patrick Ryder, Central Command spokesman, said that the United States is “unaware” of the Islamic State’s (IS/ISIL) use of fighter jets “either in Syria or elsewhere”.

“We’re not aware of ISIL conducting any flight operations in Syria or elsewhere,” he said.

On Friday, Ryder expressed Washington’s surprise about the reports of IS’ use of warplanes in Syria’s Aleppo.

The U.S. position comes amid reports by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights regarding IS flying fighter jets in Neirab area in the countryside of Aleppo.

After imposing control over the military airport of Tabqa in eastern Syria, as well as Neirab airport in Aleppo province, militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) made its first appearance with a warplane above the southern countryside of Aleppo on Friday, activists reported.

Local sources in the city of Tabqa told ARA News that the IS used three Mig-23’s in Tabqa airport earlier this week, and on Friday another fighter jet took off from the same airport in Raqqa province.

“We continue to keep a close eye on ISIL activity in Syria and Iraq and will continue to conduct strikes against their equipment, facilities, fighters and centers of gravity, wherever they may be,” Ryder said.


Reporting by: Haya al-Abdullah

Source: ARA News

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