Islamic State fighters took a Jordanian pilot captive after his warplane was downed in northeastern Syria on Wednesday. Jordan's armed forces said one of its pilots had been captured after his plane fell during an air raid over the northeastern Syrian province of Raqqa on Wednesday. He was the first captive taken from the US-led coalition battling the jihadi group, but his plane was not the first coalition aircraft to be shot down. The US command does not release information about these incidents.
DEBKAfile: The Islamic State maintains its Syrian headquarters at Raqqa. Its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his senior staff are known to have relocated there earlier this month.