Developing: US coalition force downs Syrian warplane

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 19, 2017

A US fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane Sunday after it reportedly bombed USA -backed fighters battling Islamic State.

After Sunday's episode, the USA -led task force said it was not seeking a confrontation with Assad or the Iranian, Russian or Shiite militias that are fighting to support the Syrian leader - but added that it would defend the Syrian fighters it has assembled to pursue the Islamic State.

Government forces have also been attacking IS in northern, central and southern Syria, seizing 25,000 square kilometers (9,600 square miles) and reaching the Iraqi border for the first time in years.

The U.S. has long said that it would protect what it calls moderate Syrian opposition forces.

The United States's primary mission in Syria is to defeat the Islamic State.

The US committed an "act of aggression" in shooting down a Syrian government jet, Russia's deputy foreign minister said on Monday, as battles contrinued to rage between US and Syrian government allies around Taqba.

SDF came under attack from regime forces in favor of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad around 4:30 p.m. Syria time.

The coalition confirmed that a U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Su-22 that had dropped bombs near SDF positions. The Russians are pretending to agree with Assad and have done their share of damage to US-backed forces.

Earlier, Syrian forces attacked coalition fighters in Ja'Din, wounding a number of fighters and driving them from the town.

"Any aircraft, including planes and drones of the worldwide coalition, detected in the operation areas west of the Euphrates River by the Russian air forces will be followed by Russian ground-based air defense and air defense aircraft as air targets", Russia's defense ministry declared.

It said it had "contacted its Russian counterparts by telephone via an established "de-confliction line" to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing".

The rebel force reportedly targeted by the Syrian Su-22 on Sunday - the SDF - is a US -backed alliance comprising Kurdish, Arab and Turkmen factions. The Syrian military added that the plane's pilot is now missing.

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