Released Sunday, June 18, 2017|4 p.m.
Updated Sunday, June 18, 2017|8:10 p.m.
WASHINGTON– The United States armed force on Sunday shot down a Syrian Flying force fighter jet that bombed local forces lined up with the Americans in the fight against Islamic State militants, an action that appeared to mark a brand-new escalation of the conflict.
The U.S. had not shot down a Syrian program aircraft before Sunday’s fight, said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. While the U.S. has actually said considering that it began hiring, training and encouraging what it calls moderate Syrian opposition forces to eliminate IS that it would safeguard them from possible Syrian government retribution, this was the very first time it turned to taking part in air-to-air battle to make great on that pledge.
The U.S.-led coalition head office in Iraq said in a written declaration that a U.S. F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian government SU-22 after it dropped bombs near the U.S. partner forces, referred to as the Syrian Democratic Forces.
The shootdown was near Tabqa, a Syrian town in an area that has been a weekslong focus of fighting versus IS militants by the SDF as they surround the city of Raqqa and attempt to retake it from IS.
The U.S. military statement stated it acted in “cumulative self defense” of its partner forces which the United States did not look for a fight with the Syrian government or its Russian fans.
According to a statement from the Pentagon, pro-Syrian routine forces attacked the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces-held town of Ja’Din, south of Tabqah in northern Syria, injuring a number of SDF fighters and driving the SDF from the town.
Union airplane conducted a show of force and stopped the preliminary pro-regime advance toward the town, the Pentagon said. Following the pro-Syrian forces attack, the coalition called its Russian equivalents “to de-escalate the scenario and stop the firing,” according to the statement.
A couple of hours later on, the Syrian SU-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters and, “in cumulative self-defense of coalition-partnered forces,” was right away shot down by a U.S. F/A -18 E Super Hornet, the Pentagon said.
“The union’s mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria,” the Pentagon stated, utilizing an abbreviation for the Islamic State group. “The coalition does not seek to eliminate Syrian regime, Russian or pro-regime forces partnered with them, however will not be reluctant to defend union or partner forces from any risk. “
U.S. forces tangled earlier this month with Syria-allied airplane in the region. On June 8, U.S. authorities reported that a drone likely linked to Iranian-supported Hezbollah forces fired on U.S.-backed soldiers and was shot down by an American fighter jet. The incident occurred in southern Syria near a base where the U.S.-led coalition was training Syrian rebels combating the Islamic State group.
An Army representative at the Pentagon said at the time that the drone carried more weapons and was thought about a direct hazard, triggering the shootdown.