US Shoots Down Syrian Air Force Fighter

At least 117 killed in US-backed Syrian offensive to expel Islamic State

When a Syrian army SU-22 jet later dropped bombs near the USA backed forces, it was immediately shot by a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet, the statement said.

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

Meanwhile, the Syrian army warned of the "dangerous repercussions" of the attack, stressing that such acts will not dissuade the Syrian army from carrying on with fighting the terrorist groups and restoring peace and security to all of Syria.

It said the attack aims at undermining the capability of the Syrian army, "the only effective power practicing its legitimate rights in fighting terrorism across the homeland".

Before it downed the plane, the coalition had "contacted the its Russian counterparts by telephone via an established "de-confliction line" to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing".

Coalition aircraft conducted a show of force overhead that stopped the initial pro-regime advance towards the town.


"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 Coalition's mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria", the USA task force in charge of operations in Syria and Iraq announced on Sunday. USA -backed forces have encircled the city of Raqqa and captured several districts from the militants.

This appears to mark a new escalation of the conflict.

More recently, a US aircraft shot down an armed Syrian drone on June 8 after it attacked coalition forces on a joint patrol with partner forces in southern Syria.

Just hours earlier, the United States bombed Syrian government and allied troops inside a protected zone in that area, and marked a sharp escalation in the skirmishes between the coalition and pro-Syrian government forces there.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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