U.S. Shoots Down Syrian Fighter Jet, First Such Incident Since 1999
For the first time since 1999, the U.S. Air Force has shot down a manned enemy aircraft in combat.
Tensions are high as the U.S. has engaged with Syria, in an altercation also involving Iran, Russia and ISIS. It can sometimes be hard to figure out who is on which side, but one thing is for sure — President Trump has sent a clear signal that the United States is no longer a weak player.
I am incredibly thankful we have President Trump at the head of our military and not Obama or Hillary. Can you even imagine?
From ABC News, here is the breaking story:
A U.S. Navy fighter jet shot down a Syrian regime fighter jet on Sunday that had dropped bombs on Syrian rebel forces fighting ISIS in Syria.
The U.S.-led coalition said in a statement that its focus is on fighting ISIS, and not fighting the Syrian regime or Russian forces, but it will not hesitate to defend coalition or partner forces coming under attack.
The incident occurred in the town of Ja’Din, south of Tabqa, Syria, which had recently been retaken from ISIS by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an umbrella group of Syrian Kurdish and Arab rebel forces supported by the U.S. in the fight against the militant group.
SDF came under attack from regime forces in favor of Syrian President Bashar al-Assadaround 4:30 p.m. Syria time. A number of SDF fighters were wounded in the assault, and the SDF soon left Ja’Din.
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 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 U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS.
“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.
Ja’Din is approximately two kilometers north of an established East-West SDF-Syrian Regime de-confliction area.
In the statement, the coalition stressed its goals and that it will defend its partnered forces.
“The coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend coalition or partner forces from any threat,” it said.
“The demonstrated hostile intent and actions of pro-regime forces toward coalition and partner forces in Syria conducting legitimate counter-ISIS operations will not be tolerated,” it added.
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