US moves pilot rescue aircraft closer

2015-02-06 05:00
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Washington - Defence officials say the US has moved search-and-rescue aircraft closer to the battlefields in recent days in Syria and Iraq.

The move is intended to bolster the confidence of American and allied pilots that they won't suffer the fate of the downed Jordanian fighter captured and killed by his ISIS captors in Syria.

Three defence officials said on Thursday that US search-and-rescue aircraft were moved into northern Iraq in recent days to put them in better position to respond to the downing of a US or allied aircraft in Syria or Iraq. The nearest rescue crews had been based in Kuwait, one official said.

The officials requested anonymity because they were not authorised to publicly discuss a move that has not been announced.

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