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  1. ISIS Holds Coalition Pilot Hostage

    Islamist militants in Syria have captured a downed Jordanian aircraft and its pilot, Flight Lieutenant Moaz Youssef al-Kasasbeh, Jordan officials confirmed. The plane went down near Raqqa in northern Syria. ISIS claims to have struck the aircraft with a heat-seeking missile, but the U.S. military said “evidence clearly indicates” that militants didn’t down the plane. Photos on social media show triumphant armed men surrounding the captured pilot. It’s likely that the media-savvy militants will use Jordan’s critical role in the coalition campaign to their advantage.

    CNN, NYT

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