Hasakah – The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for shooting down an American warplane near the town of Margada, in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah Governorate.
In a statement released by the jihadi Amaq Agency, ISIS said that their fighters on Thursday destroyed an A-10 Thunderbolt jet after riddling it with heavy machine guns. Margada is the last ISIS stronghold in Hasakah. It is located on the administrative border between Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor Governorates.
The jihadist news outlet also released images purportedly showing the destroyed warplane in Margada, claiming that coalition jets had repeatedly bombed the wreckage. The US-led coalition denied that they had lost a plane. A spokesman told the Independent, a British newspaper, that all of their aircraft were accounted for.
ISIS militants have previously downed warplanes over Syria, though these have generally belonged to the Syrian and Russian militaries.
On July 9th, two Russian pilots died near the Syrian city of Palmyra when their helicopter was shot down by ISIS fighters.
On July 22, the extremist group blew up a Syrian warplane in the Homs Governorate. The jihadi Amaq Agency released images showing a destroyed Syrian warplane, claiming that it crashed after ISIS militants hit it with a rocket. Local activists told ARA News that the warplane was struck after entering the airspace of Jib al-Jarrah District in Homs.
On September 23, ISIS claimed responsibility for shooting down a US drone that had been flying over the Iraqi-Syrian border. The drone was knocked out near Shaddadi city in Hasakah Governorate. Local sources told to ARA News that the drone crashed after being strafed with machine guns.
On September 21st, the extremist group shot down a Syrian jet in a Damascus suburb. A Syrian Army commander, at the time, told ARA News: “Shortly after taking off from the Dumair Airbase in a Damascus suburb, the warplane was targeted by terrorist fire and crashed over eastern Qalamoun.”
Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh | Source: ARA News