ISIS could be soon taking its terror fight to the sky, after a report that former Iraqi pilots are training Islamic militants to fly captured Syrian war planes.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights group says some ex-Iraqi air force pilots are training members of ISIS to fly three warplanes—believed to be MiG-21 and MiG-23 jets– captured from air bases in Syria.
The rights group reported the planes flying over the Jarrah air base in the eastern countryside of the Syrian town of Aleppo this week.
Rami Abdurrahman, director of the Observatory, said the planes have been flying at a low altitude, apparently to avoid being detected by Syrian military radar in the area.
“People saw the flights, they went up many times from the airport and they are flying in the skies outside the airport and coming back,” the BBC reported Abdurrahman said.
Abdurrahman said Islamic State members were being trained by Iraqi officers who had joined the group and who were once pilots under former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
It’s unclear how many Iraqi pilots have defected.
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