ISIL shoots down Iraqi fighter plane

ISIL has said that it has shot down an Iraqi fighter jet near Ramadi.

ISIL shoots down Iraqi fighter plane

World Bulletin / News Desk

ISIL said on Thursday it had shot down an Iraqi fighter plane north of the city of Ramadi in Anbar Province.

It was not immediately possible to independently confirm the claim made on one of ISIL's Twitter accounts.

A member of an anti-ISIL Sunni force called Sahwa (Awakening) said an Iraqi jet, a Russian-made Su-25, was seen in crashing in flames after being shot down north of Ramadi.

Iraq's government relies on a U.S.-led coalition and Iranian-backed militias in its fight against ISIL, which is occupying a third of the country as well as parts of neighbouring Syria.

The ISIL Twitter account said the jet had been shot down as it conducted a raid on areas north ofRamadi, the provincial capital of Sunni heartland Anbar.

ISIL militants seized Ramadi last month and the city is a focal point of coalition efforts to slow the group's advances in Iraq, a major oil producer and OPEC member.

On Thursday, ISIL insurgents fired mortars at a military barracks in the town of Amiriyat al-Falluja, also in Anbar, killing a soldier and a policeman, police sources said.

Insurgents also attacked the village of al-Mazra'a with mortar rounds, killing five members of the Iraqi security forces.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Haziran 2015, 14:47