US Shoots Down Syrian Air Force Fighter

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 19, 2017

It said that "pro-Syrian regime forces" had earlier attacked an SDF held town south of Tabqa and wounded a number of fighters and driving them from the town.

The statement described the Syrian military advance as a combat mission against ISIS militants, according to Reuters, and it said the confrontation with coalition forces was a "flagrant" attack created to undermine the army.

A USA military jet has shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter plane that bombed local forces aligned with the Americans in the fight against Islamic State militants.

A statement distributed by the Syrian military and distributed on Twitter said that the aircraft's lone pilot was killed in the attack.

"The attack comes at a time when the Syrian army is making strides in the war on IS terror group, which is collapsing in the Syrian desert thanks to the progress of the Syrian army and allied forces", the military statement said.

Coalition aircraft then stopped the pro-regime forces' initial advance with a "show of force", the coalition added. US-backed forces have encircled the city of Raqqa and captured several districts from ISIL fighters.

About two hours later, a Syrian jet dropped bombs and was "immediately" shot down by a US war plane, the coalition said.

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

On May 18, a coalition airstrike appeared to mark the first direct targeting of pro-regime soldiers. US -led forces have increased their presence at Tanf to deter pro-Syrian government forces in the area.

The strike was believed to be the US military's first air-to-air kill in years.

Later the U.S. Central Command issued a statement saying the Syrian plane was downed "in collective self-defense of Coalition-partnered forces", identified as fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near Tabqah.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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