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Posters of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. A Syrian war plane crashed while carrying out strikes against ISIS on Sept. 16, 2014.

ISIS shot down a Syrian regime’s warplane on Tuesday, Sept. 16, according to a report based on information from the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.

The Syrian plane was engaged in attacking the ISIS base in Raqqa when it was shot down. Raqqa, used as the headquarters by ISIS,  is a city in north central Syria, on the north bank of the Euphrates River, approximately 100 miles east of Aleppo.

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After being shot down, the plane crashed into a house. Rami Abdul Rahman, the SOHR director, said there were casualties on the ground. Other reports claimed there were eight casualties following the crash.

“It is the first aircraft shot down since the regime launched air strikes against the jihadists in July following their declaration of a caliphate in late June,” according to an SOHR statement.

Another account of the downed Syrian war plane declined to confirm whether ISIS was responsible for the crash. The Syrian air force has been bombing ISIS controlled territory continually since the group seized control of  Mosul, a city in Iraq near the Syrian border, when the group declared a caliphate straddling Iraq and Syria.

A Syrian air strike on an ISIS training camp killed more than a dozen terrorists on Saturday.

The U.S. is assembling a coalition to fight against the ISIS terrorists. Syria allegedly offered to join the coalition but the offer was rebuffed. Syria is fighting against ISIS and a US-assembled coalition which has only been operating in Iraq is expected to take the fight to Syria as well.

With the fight against ISIS taking place within the same relatively small geographic region, the potential for perceived interference either by the western-backed coalition or by Syria poses additional problems or, perhaps, opportunities.

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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the JewishPress.com. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

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  1. why only ISIS and why not also HAMAS, FATAH, AL QAIDA, HESBOLAH, JIHAD ISLAMIC, PLO, AND MANY OTHERS ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATIONS ????? they are the same creatures that left arabia peninsula 1400 ago, and since that they behavior are like primitive barbarians only promoting destruction, and killing every where in the name or their satanic religion , islam from hell

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