Syrian army plane shot down by US coalition in Raqqa
A Syrian military jet has been shot down by the US-led coalition in Syria in the Raqqa province.
The Syrian army in a statement to the Syrian state TV has said that its warplane was on a mission against the Islamic State (IS) group when it came under fire on Sunday, 18th June 2017. The army’s statement said that the incident would have “dangerous repercussions” on efforts to fight terrorism.
On the other hand the US has said that it had acted in self defence after the Syrian regime dropped bombs near US-backed fighters.
The US military in a statement said that “In accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defence of Coalition-partnered forces [the plane] was immediately shot down.”
The incident had taken place in the town of Ja’Din, The town is lead by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and lies at the outskirts of Raqqa.
The US led coalition supports SDF rebel fighters, The SDF fighters are encircling the IS strong hold of Raqqa.
Just two hours before the plane was shot down, the US had said that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had attacked SDF fighters and “wounding a number” of them and driving them from Ja’Din.
The US has said that it had responded without hesitation and that the US did not seek a direct confrontation with the Syrian regime. The statement added that “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.”
While the Syrian pro government forces have not been fighting the battle for Raqqa, however they are making ground against IS in the surrounding area, south west of the city.
Earlier in the month the US had shot down a pro-Syrian government armed drone, after it had fired at the coalition forces near the al-Tanf border crossing, which lies between Syria and Iraq.
Conversely, on Sunday 18th June 2017, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards had announced that it had launched several missiles into eastern Syria, it further added that the missiles had targeted IS fighters.
IS had claimed responsibility for an attack on the Iranian parliament earlier in June, which had killed more than a dozen people.
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