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ILNA: The United States dismissed Wednesday a claim by the ISIL jihadist group that it had shot down a Jordanian F - 16 fighter flying with US - led coalition forces, which crashed in eastern Syria.

" Evidence clearly indicates that ISIL did not down the aircraft as the terrorist organization is claiming, " said US Central Command, the body overseeing the coalition air war over Iraq and Syria.

The statement did not give a cause for the " crash, " and confirmed the lost jet’s Jordanian pilot had been taken captive by ISIL guerrillas.

" We strongly condemn the actions of ISIL, which has taken captive the downed pilot, " said CentCom commander General Lloyd Austin.

" We will support efforts to ensure his safe recovery, and will not tolerate ISIL’s attempts to misrepresent or exploit this unfortunate aircraft crash for their own purposes. "

" The Jordanians are highly respected and valued partners and their pilots and crews have performed exceptionally well over the course of this campaign, " he added.

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