Jordan vows 'all efforts' to save pilot seized by IS

A picture taken on December 24, 2014 reportedly shows an Islamic State group fighter collecting pieces from the remains of a Jordanian warplane in Syria's Raqa regionJordan vowed Thursday to make every effort to save a pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria as Washington denied claims the jihadists had shot down his warplane. Maaz al-Kassasbeh, a 26-year-old first lieutenant in the Jordanian air force, was captured by IS on Wednesday after his F-16 jet crashed while on a mission against the jihadists over northern Syria. It was the first warplane lost and the first capture of a serviceman since the coalition launched strikes against IS in Syria in September. The pilot’s father, Safi al-Kassasbeh, urged IS to show “mercy” and treat his son a “guest”.

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