By 7/25/16 5:06 PM
The Pentagon confirmed a coalition warplane was not shot down on Monday afternoon, but contradicted a report from the Islamic State’s news agency, Amaq Agency, that the terrorist group was responsible for the event.
U.S. Central Command tweeted, “There is no truth to reports of ISIL downing a U.S. aircraft near Anbar.”
Amaq Agency also reported that the crew of a U.S. warplane, allegedly shot down by Islamic State fighters near Ayn Asad Airbase in Iraq, is dead.
But Captain Jeff Davis, director of press operations at the Pentagon, denied the claim saying, “We have confirmed that all coalition aircraft are accounted for.”
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ISIS says U.S. warplane shot down, crew killed; Pentagon dismisses claim
The official news agency of the self-styled Islamic State claimed Monday that it forces shot down an American warplane, a claim the U.S. military quickly dismissed.
“The crew of the U.S. warplane that was shot down by Islamic State fighters near Ayn Asad Airbase is dead,” read a statement by the Amaq news agency.
The Islamic State claim did not specify whether the air crew was killed in the crash or captured alive and executed.
“There is no truth to reports of ISIL downing a U.S. aircraft near Anbar. All U.S. & Coalition aircraft accounted for at this time,” the U.S. Central Command posted on Twitter.
U.S. airplanes have been flying over the Islamic State’s “caliphate” in western Iraq and eastern Syria in support of a recent offensive by the Iraqi government.
U.S. forces are also involved in Syria’s civil war, in which the Islamic State is one of the parties.
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