#AceNewsServices – SYRIA – October 17 – Islamic State militants in Syria are training Iraqi pilots who joined the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, Reuters reported citing witnesses.
“They have trainers, Iraqi officers who were pilots before for [former Iraqi President] Saddam Hussein,” said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). “People saw the flights. They went up many times from the airport.”
The “same resources” have told SOHR activists that the Islamist fighters seized three aircrafts after taking control over the military airports in Aleppo and al Raqqa provinces.
The group has reportedly been flying the planes over a captured Syrian al-Jarrah military airbase in the northern Aleppo province, which was among the areas in Syria seized by islamists this year.
“The training courses are given in the airbase of al-Jarrah known by Kshish airbase too. This airbase located in the eastern countryside of Aleppo and considered the most important camp for IS in Syria,”SOHR said.
The jets “flying at a low altitude over the area”, which witnesses said defined as MiG 21 or MiG 23 models, were captured from the Syrian military. It was not clear whether or not they were equipped with weaponry.
“It is worth mentioning that it is not the first time that the people witness an aircraft flying at a low altitude after taking off from al-Jarrah airbase,” SOHR said.
#AceWorldNews – TURKEY (Ankara) – October 12 – Turkey continues to block the supply of military equipment and reinforcements for Kurdish fighters defending the border city of Kobani in northern Syria against the ISIL militants.
Ankara has also prevented Turkish Kurds from crossing the border into Kobani to join the Kurds in the besieged city fighting tooth and nail against the Takfiri ISIL terrorists.
The move comes as the ISIL terrorists have added further reinforcements to their ranks in an effort to break the resistance of Kurdish fighters defending Kobani for nearly a month.
The ISIL dispatched additional forces to the besieged city from other areas in Syria including its stronghold of Raqqa. The militants possess tanks and heavy weaponry.
However, a Syrian opposition group said Kurdish fighters have managed to halt the terrorist group’s advance and killed 36 of its militants on Saturday.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added that the militants had failed to advance since Friday.
Air-strikes against the ISIL positions in Kobani were carried out on Sunday.
Kobani and its surroundings have been under attack since mid-September, with ISIL militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages despite US-led airstrikes.
According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, ISIL terrorists have seized control of at least 40 percent of Kobani.
However, local Kurdish officials say the Takfiri militants have captured a small part of the strategic border town.
Over 500 people have been killed in Kobani and nearly 200,000 have been forced to take refuge in Turkey since the outbreak of the ISIL attacks.