Islamic State training pilots in 3 captured jets: Syria monitor

Reuters| Updated: Oct 17, 2014, 15:47 PM IST
Islamic State training pilots in 3 captured jets: Syria monitor

 

Beirut: Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, citing witnesses.

The group has been flying the planes over a captured Syrian military airport in the northern Aleppo province, said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. 

"They have trainers, Iraqi officers who were pilots before for (former Iraqi president) Saddam Hussein," he said. "People saw the flights, they went up many times from the airport."