Pentagon: US shoots down Syrian aircraft for first time

Moscow views the US-led coalition's attack on the Syrian government military jet as an act of aggression and assistance for the terrorists that the USA is fighting against, according to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov.

Confirming the operation, the Pentagon said that the SU-22 fighter bomber was engaged by an F/A-18E Super Hornet after the former dropped munitions near US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters.

Syria condemned what it called a "flagrant attack" that would have "dangerous repercussions".

Russian Federation will treat all US aircraft west of the Euphrates river in Syria as legitimate targets after a U.S. F/A-18 shot down a Syrian regime aircraft Sunday, striking anti-ISIS forces, Moscow announced Monday.

Russian Federation says it will treat US-led coalition planes in Syria, west of the Euphrates, as targets.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov also told the agency that a set of new US sanctions that can be imposed on Russia will lead Moscow to retaliate.

The U.S. military has several hundred advisers operating with Syrian Democratic Forces, which it is also supplying the organization with weapons and equipment.

The coalition confirmed that a U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Su-22 that had dropped bombs near SDF positions.

Now Washington is extending this protection to forces that it backs who are engaged in the offensive against Raqqa.

It said that two hours earlier, forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad attacked Syrian Democratic Forces in the town of Ja'Din south of Tabqah, "wounding a number of SDF fighters and driving the SDF from the town".

The co-operation had been halted after the U.S. launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syria's Shayrat airbase in April in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town in Idlib province.

The Syrian army said the plane crashed and the pilot was missing in the first such downing of a Syrian jet by the United States since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011.

Any clashes between the Kurdish-led SDF and Syrian forces have been rare and some rebel groups have even accused them of co-ordinating on the battlefield.

Coalition aircraft conducted a show of force overhead that stopped the initial pro-regime advance towards the town. The coalition also said that Russian officers had been contacted on a special "de-confliction" hotline in an effort to halt the regime's attack.



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