ISIL hit U.S. F-15 with anti-aircaft batteries captured from Iraq

Western diplomatic sources said ISIL struck at least one U.S. aircraft. They said an F-15 fighter-jet was hit by ISIL fire in late August that damaged the hydraulic system and forced the aircraft to land in neighboring Turkey.

Officials did not identify the anti-aircraft batteries employed by ISIL, according to a report by Middle East Newsline. But they acknowledged that most of the stolen Iraqi military equipment used by ISIL was of U.S. origin, including artillery, armored personnel carriers and combat vehicles.

The officials said ISIL was operating the artillery, captured from northern Iraqi military bases in June 2014.

“They have used these batteries to protect their positions against air strikes,” an official said.

On Sept. 7, the U.S. Air Force attacked ISIL anti-aircraft positions near the Haditha dam in northern Iraq. At least five sorties were reported, which targeted U.S. combat platforms stolen by ISIL.

Full article: ISIL hit U.S. F-15 with anti-aircaft batteries captured from Iraq (World Tribune)

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