Syria’s air force has destroyed two fighter jets operated by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in the north of the country, Information Minister Omran Zoabi said in remarks published on Syria’s state news agency SANA late on Tuesday.

A Syrian monitoring group said on Friday that Iraqi pilots trained under former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had joined ISIL and were conducting training flights in three captured fighter jets at a air base in Aleppo province.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ISIL, which has seized swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, had been flying the planes over the captured al-Jarrah military airport east of Aleppo. […]