US: Islamic State didn't down Jordanian plane

Save Story
Leer en Español

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says Islamic State militants haven't shot down a Jordanian F-16 warplane as they've claimed.

A military statement says the plane crashed in northern Syria and confirmed that a pilot was taken captive by Islamic State forces.

But evidence indicates the Islamic State "did not down the aircraft as the terrorist organization is claiming." The statement didn't cite a cause for the crash.

In the statement Wednesday, Gen. Lloyd Austin, head of U.S. Central Command, called the Jordanians "highly respected and valued partners."

He says their pilots and crews have performed exceptionally in the U.S.-led bombing campaign.

Austin said the U.S. will support efforts to recover the pilot and won't tolerate attempts by the Islamic State to "misrepresent or exploit this unfortunate aircraft crash for their own purposes."

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent U.S. stories

Related topics



    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast