USA shoots down Syrian aircraft for first time

  • USA shoots down Syrian aircraft for first time

USA shoots down Syrian aircraft for first time

According to Syrian state television, the Syrian aircraft was taking part in an attack on Islamic State fighters when it was shot down by US coalition forces.

The Pentagon said the shoot-down came hours after Syrian government-backed forces attacked USA -backed fighters, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, in the village of Ja'Din.

This came after Syrian regime SU-22 dropped bombs near Syrian Democratic Force fighters. "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".

The Syrian army said earlier that the US-led coalition shot down one of its planes during a combat mission against Islamic State militants.

The general command called the action a "flagrant aggression" that affirmed the United States' "real stance in support of terrorism", according to Syrian Armed Forces.

'This comes at a time when the Syrian army and its allies were making clear advances in fighting the Daesh (Islamic State) terrorist group'.

"The Coalition's mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria", the statement said. As the attack unfolded, the US military used a deconfliction channel to communicate with the Syrian government to stop the skirmish, according to the Pentagon statement.

An Army spokesman at the Pentagon said at the time that the drone carried more weapons and was considered a direct threat, prompting the shootdown.