People carry a part of a warplane that crashed on the outskirts of Raqqa in northeast Syria. REUTERS/Stringer
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Supporters of ISIS claimed its fighters had shot down a Syrian warplane using anti-aircraft guns Tuesday in what would be the first such incident since the Al-Qaeda breakaway group declared a cross-border caliphate in June.The news came as U.S. airstrikes targeting ISIS in Iraq extended to areas southwest of the capital, according to U.S. Central command. Iraq's national security adviser briefed Syrian President Bashar Assad on efforts to counter ISIS, Syrian state media said, the first such meeting since the U.S. launched airstrikes on the group in Iraq.Washington and other Western governments have dismissed the idea of cooperating with Syria in the fight against ISIS, describing Assad as part of the problem, and saying he must leave power. A Lebanese official with close ties to the Syrian government said Fayad had expressed Baghdad's displeasure at Syria's exclusion from international efforts against ISIS.In northern Iraq, Kurdish peshmerga forces recaptured seven Christian villages in clashes with ISIS, an officer and a preacher said.AQAP and AQIM also called on the people of 10 Arab countries that have joined the coalition against ISIS to prevent their governments from taking part.
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