On Thursday night, it was confirmed to Al-Masdar News that Jordanian commandos attempted an airborne mission in Syria’s northern province of Ar-Raqqa in order to rescue the captured Jordanian Air Force pilot, Mou’az Al-Kasassbeh, from his captors in the terrorist organization known as the “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham” (ISIS).
The rescue attempt was unsuccessful, as the aircraft carrying the commandos was unable to withstand the barrage of bullets, resulting in their immediate evacuation. According to a source in Turkey, the Jordanian Air Force utilized Turkish airspace to launch this airborne mission; however, the operation was poorly planned and based on Turkish Military Intelligence information.
The Ar-Raqqa Governorate has been at the forefront of Anti-ISIS Coalition airstrikes, with over 2 dozen attacks recorded since Tuesday morning. Many of the aircrafts have been identified as Royal Jordanian Air Force jets, flying reconnaissance missions over the provincial capital and Tabqa City to its west. The aircrafts were identified due to the low altitude at which the Royal Jordanian Air Force jets have flown over the last 72 hours.
Currently, the Jordanian Government is working on the release of the downed pilot, but they have been unsuccessful thus far. It is believed that ISIS has offered to release the down pilot in exchange for the release of a number of ISIS prisoners in Jordanian prisons.