USA plane shoots down Syrian Air Force jet after partner forces bombed
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 1:42
"At 6:43 p.m., a Syrian regime SU-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters south of Tabqah and, in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of coalition partnered forces, was immediately shot down by a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet", said the statement.
The Pentagon said the shoot-down came hours after Syrian government-backed forces attacked US -backed fighters, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, in the village of Ja'Din.
"Following the Pro-Syrian forces attack, the coalition contacted its Russian counterparts by telephone via an established "de-confliction line" to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing", said a statement from Operation Inherent Resolve, the USA -led coalition fighting ISIS.
Coalition aircraft conducted a show of force overhead that stopped the initial pro-regime advance towards the town. Following the pro-Syrian forces attack, the coalition called its Russian counterparts "to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing", according to the statement.
US forces tangled earlier this month with Syria-allied aircraft in the region. They added that the pilot of the destroyed plane is still missing after the U.S. attack.
The U.S. move is not the first, as U.S. forces struck Syrian military positions in the Syrian desert, where the Syrian army was advancing against IS and becoming close to the Tanf border crossing with Iraq, where USA and British military positions were installed. US -led forces have increased their presence at Tanf to deter pro-Syrian government forces in the area.
"The coalition's mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria", the Pentagon's statement said.
This story is developing and will be updated.