Breaking News

US shoots down Syrian aircraft for first time

(AP)  The U.S. has long said that it would protect what it calls moderate Syrian opposition forces. But Sunday’s shooting down of a Syrian regime jet is the first time it resorted to engaging in air-to-air combat to make good on that promise.

The U.S. military says it has shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet that had bombed local forces aligned with the Americans in the fight against Islamic State militants. The action appears to mark a new escalation of the conflict.

A Pentagon spokesman says the U.S. had not shot down a Syrian regime aircraft before Sunday’s confrontation.

The U.S.-led coalition headquarters in Iraq says a U.S. F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian government SU-22 after it dropped bombs near the U.S. partner forces. The shootdown was near the Syrian town of Tabqa.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *