The move could help jihadists launch 9-11 style suicide attacks
Beirut : Islamic State group jihadists are being trained by Saddam Hussein’s former pilots to fly three fighter jets captured from the Syrian military, a monitoring group said on Friday, reports AFP.
The planes, which are believed to be MiG-21 and MiG-23 jets, are capable of flying although it is unclear if they are equipped with missiles, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The jets were seized from Syrian military airports now under IS control in the northern provinces of Aleppo and Raqa, according to the Britain-based group, which has a wide network of sources inside the war-torn country. Witnesses have reported seeing planes flying at a low altitude to avoid detection by radar after taking off from Jarrah. If Isis was able to train pilots, they could mount 9/11-style suicide attacks.
Iraq battles jihadists west and north of Baghdad Iraqi security forces battled Islamic State jihadists in the strategic city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, and near militant-held Tikrit to the north, officials said.
Ramadi, the capital of Anbar, is one of a dwindling number of areas in the province where pro-government forces still hold ground, and its loss would be a major blow for Baghdad.Deputy provincial council chief Faleh al-Essawi said security forces attacked IS jihadists in three different areas of Ramadi and repelled an assault.
Meanwhile, terming anti-Islamic the killing of innocent people by the militant outfit Islamic State, a cleric group in Pakistan appealed to the people in Muslim countries to stop cooperating with the extremists. Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) said that IS violates the teachings of Islam in Iraq and Syria where its controls large swathe of territory.