ISIS captures Syrian Air Force pilot after terror group claims it shot down regime jet outside Damascus
- ISIS claims it captured Azzam Eid after shooting down his jet over Syria
- The terror group released shaky footage showing burning wreckage
- The aircraft was shot down after leaving the Al Dumayr military airbase
- The pilot ejected from the aircraft shortly before it exploded in a fireball
The terror group claimed it shot down the Russian-built aircraft after it took off from the Al Dumayr military airbase east of Damascus.
The Amaq news agency, which is affiliated to ISIS, claims they captured the pilot, who they have named as Azzam Eid from Hama.
Poor-quality video footage appears to show the remains of a burning aircraft.
The Syrian government has not yet confirmed one of its aircraft had been shot down.
The aircraft is believed to have come down near Bir Al-Qassab, which is controlled by ISIS.
Several apparent ISIS fighters in military-style fatigues circle around the wreckage, pointing to the two-starred Syrian government flag clearly visible on one of the wings.
Syrian state news agency SANA had no immediate news on the incident.
ISIS fighters have shot down several Syrian government warplanes in recent weeks, including over the Dmeir military airport near Damascus and in the southern province of Sweida.
But the pilots were able to land in regime-held zones on both occasions.
In December 2014, ISIS shot down a warplane from the US-led coalition striking the group in Syria and captured the Jordanian pilot alive.
The terrorists later burned pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh alive and posted video footage of his death online.
At least 18 people were killed Friday when airstrikes hit several rebel-held neighborhoods in Syria’s contested northern city of Aleppo, anti-government activists said, an escalation that placed added strain on a fragile cease-fire.
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