ISIS Claims To Have Downed Second Aircraft
According to Fox News, a ‘radio station’ purportedly affiliated with the Islamic State claims to have shot down a fighter jet in southern Baghdad yesterday; and, captured the pilot. If confirmed, this would be the second downed fighter and capture of the pilot in recent weeks. Neither the make of the aircraft nor the ethnicity of the pilot were disclosed as yet. In a separate claim, the Islamic State released a video on Monday in which it claimed to have downed an Iranian-made drone in the al-Diyala province east of Iraq, again, according to Fox News.
If confirmed, this would be the second downing of a fighter aircraft as well as the capture of the pilot. And, whether it was downed due to mechanical failure, or by a deliberate shoot-down — makes little difference in the scheme of things. The Islamic State will claim that it deliberately shot the aircraft down and they will gain a substantial propaganda bonanza from this event. V/R, RCP