A U.S. Navy fighter jet shot down a Syrian authorities warplane after it attacked Washington-backed fighters close to ISIS’ de facto capital of Raqqa, the U.S.-led coalition stated Sunday.
In a press release, the coalition headquarters in Iraq stated that a F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Su-22 that had dropped bombs close to positions held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The assertion stated coalition plane had “performed a present of power” to show again an assault by Syrian chief Bashar al-Assad’s forces on the SDF within the city of Ja’Din, south of Tabqah.
The coalition stated the shootdown happened “in accordance with guidelines of engagement and in collective self-defense of Coalition partnered forces.”
The assertion stated “numerous SDF fighters” have been wounded within the regime’s assault, however didn’t specify additional. The coalition additionally stated that Russian officers had been contacted on a particular “de-confliction” hotline in an effort to halt the assault.
“The Coalition’s mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria,” its assertion stated. “The Coalition doesn’t search to combat Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, however won’t hesitate to defend Coalition or companion forces from any menace.”
The assertion went on to name for all events in Syria’s advanced and bloody six-year-long civil warfare to “focus their efforts on the defeat of ISIS, which is our widespread enemy and the best menace to regional and worldwide peace and safety.”
A U.S. protection official instructed Fox News that the Super Hornet that shot down the Syrian jet was primarily based on board the USS George H.W. Bush, which is at the moment working within the Mediterranean Sea. The official didn’t say which weapon was used to shoot down the Syrian aircraft.
U.S. forces tangled earlier this month with Syria-allied plane within the area. On June eight, U.S. officers reported that a drone probably linked to Iranian-supported Hezbollah forces fired on U.S.-backed troops and was shot down by an American fighter jet. The incident happened in southern Syria close to a base the place the U.S.-led coalition was coaching Syrian rebels preventing the Islamic State group.
An Army spokesman on the Pentagon stated on the time that the drone carried extra weapons and was thought-about a direct menace, prompting the shootdown.
Just hours earlier, the U.S. had bombed Syrian authorities and allied troops inside a protected zone in that space, and marked a pointy escalation within the skirmishes between the coalition and people pro-Syrian authorities forces there.
In April, the U.S. Navy launched 59 cruise missiles focusing on a Syrian airbase from two destroyers within the Mediterranean following a chemical weapons assault by Assad’s forces.
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and FoxNews.com’s Hollie McKay contributed to this report. The Associated Press additionally contributed to this report.