Monday, 19 June 2017

US jet shoots down Syrian warplane in Syria

A US military jet has shot down a Syrian warplane that dropped bombs near US-backed fighters in Syria, the US has said.
US Central Command said in a statement that the plane was shot down "in collective self-defence of Coalition-partnered forces".

The forces, who were operating near Tabqa at the time, were later identified as fighters form the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Syria said earlier that the US-led Coalition had shot down one of its planes while it was on a combat mission against Islamic State fighters.

The US statement said: "Coalition aircraft conducted a show of force and stopped the initial pro-regime advance toward the SDF-controlled town.

"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.

"At 6.43pm, a Syrian regime SU-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters south of Tabqa and, in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of Coalition partnered forces, was immediately shot down by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet.
"Ja'Din sits approximately 2km north of an established East-West SDF-Syrian Regime de-confliction area.

"The Coalition's mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

SKY      News.