(Malaysia Star) It is difficult for militant groups to determine if an aircraft flying over hostile airspace is of a civilian or military nature.
Ahmad Salman Abdul Rahim, one of the Malaysian jihadists fighting in Syria, said civilians were at great risk as militant groups did not possess the radar equipment and technology to ascertain if an air target was 'friend or foe'.
"In Syria airspace for instance, commercial flights are allowed passage through the airspace even though the country is at war.
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"Sometimes, there is a misunderstanding between us, thinking that it is one of the enemy's aircrafts, only to discover that it is actually a civilian plane," he posted to his Facebook page following the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash in Ukraine on Thursday night.