Meet the female fighter pilot who led airstrikes against ISIS

September 25, 2014 4:58 PM

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- The first female air force pilot in the United Arab Emirates led airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria earlier this week, the federation's ambassador to Washington said on Thursday as he pledged his country will do "whatever is necessary" to defeat the militant group.

Social media has been buzzing with rumours that F-16 pilot Maj. Mariam al-Mansouri played a part in attacks against the jihadist group, with many users taking delight in the rebuke it implied toward the militants' ultraconservative ideology.

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