US shoots down Syrian aircraft for first time

The U.S. military says it shot down a Syrian Air Force jet that dropped bombs near U.S. -backed forces in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Just two hours after the coalition aircraft ended the advance by pro-regime militias with “a show of force”, a Syrian Air Force SU-22 bombarded SDF fighter positions outside Ja’Din in close proximity to an established deconfliction zone.

The United States and Russia have a standing agreement that should prevent in-the-air incidents involving USA and Russia jets engaged in operations in Syria, but the Russian defense ministry is suspending the deal.

Russian Federation has been a staunch supporter of Syria’s beleaguered president Bashar Assad and has been providing air cover for this offensive since 2015.

About 4:30 p.m., Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad attacked USA ground partners in the recently recaptured town of Jadin, south of Tabqah, according to a US military timeline. The pilot of the Syrian Air Force’s Su-22 ejected over an area controlled by Daesh terrorists.

Ja’Din was held by coalition-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, and the Syrian strikes wounded some SDF fighters.

Vladimir Putin’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said a new set of United States sanctions that can be imposed on the Kremlin will lead Russian Federation to “retaliate”.

This appears to mark a new escalation of the conflict.

Moscow said it would now track US-led coalition planes in Syria and treat all jets and drones west of the Euphrates River as targets starting on Monday. USA -backed forces have encircled the city of Raqqa and captured several districts from the militants.

The incident came as a monitoring group reported the first ground fighting between Syrian regime troops and the US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters. The US military is determined to rebuild anti-Assad forces after the devastating blow suffered by these pro-US militias in being driven out of Aleppo.

Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard said it launched six Zolfaghar ballistic missiles from the western provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdistan.

The missile attacks had targeted a militant command center and other facilities in Deir El-Zour, a contested region in eastern Syria, where the United States, Iran, and other powers and proxy forces are fighting for control.