IS Shoots Down Syrian MiG-23 Jet, Pilot Under Captivity

Islamic State fighters have captured the pilot of a Syrian warplane which crashed southeast of Damascus, a news agency affiliated to the militant group says.

The terrorist group also published the purported name of the pilot, and said he was born in the city of Hama. Amid the wreckage, a two-starred Syrian government flag is reportedly visible.

But the Russian news agency Interfax quoted a Syrian military source as saying: "The plane had recently undergone repairs... there was no attack from the ground".

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the downing of the jet Saturday morning, adding the pilot was captured east of Damascus, near Mount Dakwah, after successfully ejecting from the plane. It crashed because of a technical fault.

Earlier on Friday, ISIS said a Syrian warplane had been shot down, but did not specifically claim responsibility. CNN can not confirm the authenticity of the video.

This still image made from a video released by Islamic State group militants and posted on the website of the SITE Intelligence Group on February 3, 2015, purportedly shows Jordanian pilot Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh standing in a cage just before being burned to death by his captors.

Russian cargo aircrafts dropped food parcels and medical kits over a district besieged by the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria's eastern province of Deir al-Zour on Saturday, a military source told Xinhua.

Syria has been mired in civil war since March 2011, with government forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups.

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