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When militants from the Islamic State overran a key government military base in Raqqa, Syria on Sunday, taking control of an airfield and possibly fighter jets and missiles, it set off alarm bells in Washington and among long-time observers of the region. But it’s unclear whether the extremists captured any working fighter jets and, if they did, whether they have pilots to fly them. Experts say that even if an extremist was able to fly a captured Syrian jet, experts agree that the Islamic State has no way to maintain large military vehicles. As soon as a plane had problems, it would have to be grounded for good.



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