Baghdad: Dreaded Islamic State on Thursday claimed that it had shot down an Iraqi fighter plane north of the city of Ramadi in Anbar Province. t was not immediately possible to independently confirm the claim made on one of Islamic State’s Twitter accounts.
A member of an anti-Islamic State Sunni force called Sahwa (Awakening) said an Iraqi fighter jet, a Russian-made Su-25, was seen in flames as it crashed after being shot down north of Ramadi.
Iraq’s government relies on a U.S.-led coalition and Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias in its fight against Islamic State, which holds a third of the country as well as parts of neighbouring Syria.
The Islamic State Twitter site said the fighter jet had been shot down as it conducted a raid on areas north of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Sunni heartland Anbar.