US Shoots Down First Syrian Aircraft

by International | 20-06-2017 | 334 views


WASHINGTON: For the first time since the US started recruiting, training and advising what it calls moderate Syrian opposition forces to fight ISIS, the US military on Sunday shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet that bombed local forces aligned with the Americans in the fight against Islamic State militants. This was the first time it resorted to engaging in air-to-air combat.


The US military said that it did not seek a fight with the Syrian government or its Russian supporters. “The coalition's mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria, 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.” said the pentagon

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