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Saddam Hussein’s former pilots training ISIS how to fly three captured MiG fighter jets, witnesses say

20 Oct
Saddam Hussein’s former pilots training ISIS how to fly three captured MiG fighter jets, witnesses say

National Post | News

BEIRUT — Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, saying it was the first time that the militant group had taken to the air.

The group, which has seized land in Syria and Iraq, has been flying the planes over the captured al-Jarrah military airport east of Aleppo, said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Reuters was not immediately able to verify the report.

U.S-led forces are bombing Islamic State bases in Syria and Iraq. The group has regularly used weaponry captured from the Syrian and Iraqi armies and has overrun several military bases but this was the first time it had been able to pilot warplanes.

AP Photo / Sergey Ponomarev AP Photo / Sergey Ponomarev

“They have trainers, Iraqi officers who were pilots before for [former…

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