U.S. warplane downs Syrian army jet in Raqqa province
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By Reuters|Updated: JUNE 19, 2017
AMMAN/WASHINGTON: A U.S. warplane shot down a Syrian army jet on Sunday in the southern Raqqa countryside, with Washington stating the jet had actually dropped bombs near U.S.-backed forces and Damascus stating the aircraft was downed while flying an objective versus Islamic State militants.
A Syrian army declaration launched on Syrian state tv stated the airplane crashed and the pilot was missing out on in the very first such downing of a Syrian jet by the United States because the start of the dispute in 2011.
The army declaration stated it occurred on Sunday afternoon near a town called Rasafah.
The “ostentatious attack was an effort to weaken the efforts of the army as the only efficient force capable with its allies … in battling terrorism throughout its area,” the Syrian army stated.
” This comes at a time when the Syrian army and its allies were explaining advances in battling the Daesh (Islamic State) terrorist group,” it included.
The United States Central Command later on provided a declaration stating the Syrian aircraft was downed “in cumulative self-defense of Coalition-partnered forces,” determined as fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near Tabqah.
It stated that “pro-Syrian program forces” had actually previously assaulted an SDF-held town south of Tabqa and injured a variety of fighters, owning them from the town.
Union airplane in a program of force stopped the preliminary advance. When a Syrian army SU-22 jet later on dropped bombs near the U.S.-backed forces, it was instantly shot down by a U.S. F/A -18 E Super Hornet, the declaration stated.
Prior to it downed the airplane, the union had actually “called its Russian equivalents by telephone through a developed “de-confliction line” to de-escalate the circumstance and stop the shooting.”
The union does “not look for to eliminate the Syrian routine, Pro-regime or russian forces” however would not “be reluctant to safeguard itself or its “partnered forces from any danger,” the declaration stated.
The U.S.-led union has in current weeks intensified its aerial battle project in northern Syria and Raqqa province. U.S.-backed forces have actually surrounded the city of Raqqa and caught numerous districts from the militants.
The Syrian army, which has actually been taking area from pulling back Islamic State militants in the eastern Aleppo countryside, has actually moved into Raqqa province and took back some oil fields and towns that had actually been under the militants’ control for nearly 3 years.
U.S. states it downed Syrian warplane that assaulted U.S.-backed fighters
An SDF authorities informed Reuters the Syrian army had actually been participated in skirmishes in current days with U.S.-backed forces near the town of Maskaneh near the borders of Raqqa province, much which is now held by U.S.-backed groups combating Islamic State.
The Syrian army backed by Iranian-backed militias has actually likewise remained in competitors in southeastern Syria with U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels who are likewise aiming to regain area from Islamic State.
On numerous celebrations in current weeks, warplanes of the U.S.-led union have actually likewise struck pro-government forces to avoid them advancing from a U.S.-controlled fort in southeastern Syria at an area where the nation’s borders accompany Iraq and Jordan.
Washington likewise explained those strikes as self-defense.