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US rejects claim that IS group downed plane in Iraq

AFP , Monday 25 Jul 2016
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The Islamist militant-linked Amaq agency claimed Monday that the Islamic State group had shot down an American aircraft in Iraq, but the US military said the claim was false.

"The crew of an American plane, which was shot down by Islamic State fighters near the Ain al-Asad base, was killed," Amaq said in an online statement, referring to a base where American personnel are stationed in Anbar province, west of Baghdad.

But a spokesperson for the US Central Command rejected the Amaq claim.

"There is no truth to reports of (IS) downing (a) US aircraft in the vicinity of Anbar. All US and coalition aircraft are accounted for at this time," Captain Michele Rollins told AFP.

A US-led coalition is carrying out strikes against IS group in Iraq, and also providing training and other assistance to the country's forces.

IS group overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but Iraqi forces backed by coalition support have since regained significant ground from the militants.

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