On Sunday, a US Navy fighter jet downed a Syrian Air Force jet as it was bombing positions near the Syrian Democratic Forces, the US-led coalition fighting Daesh (outlawed in Russia) said in a statement.
The United States has said its recent actions against Syrian government forces and allied militia have been self-defensive in nature, aimed at stopping attacks on US-led coalition forces or their local allies.These have included several air strikes against pro-government forces that have sought to advance towards a USA military base in southeastern Syria near the border with Iraq, where the U.S. military has been training rebels to fight IS.
“The Syrian regime and others need to understand that we will retain the right to self-defense for coalition forces aligned against ISIS“, he added, using the administration’s preferred acronym for the Islamic State militants who still control much territory in eastern Syria. The United States claims that the Syrian jet dropped bombs on us -allied Syrian forces.
Now there’s a topic the Russians know something about – whether it’s the illegal annexation of Crimea, the incursions into eastern Ukraine or the targeting of elections in the US and France, Russian acts of aggression are very real and ongoing. But Assad can stay for now had become de facto guidance as the United States sought to avoid direct intervention in the Syrian conflict and an endless series of Geneva conferences aimed at a diplomatic solution to the war took place.
What is the state between the SDF and Assad’s forces?
Until recently, pro-regime forces were focused on fighting rebels in western Syria but victories in Aleppo and elsewhere have freed them up to move east, pushing them into contact with the SDF.
Russia, a key backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad, has been providing an air cover to the government’s offensive on the Islamic State group since 2015. “However, the command of the coalition forces didn’t use the existing channel between the air command of the Qatari airbase al Udeid and the [Russian] Hmeymim airbase to avoid incidents over Syria”. On June 8, USA officials have reported that a drone likely connected to Iranian-supported Hezbollah forces fired on US -backed troops.
The US military said that it shot down a warplane that had dropped bombs near Syrian Democratic Force (SDF) fighters. It has previously claimed it would do so following the USA missile strike on a Syrian air field in April as retaliation for a chemical weapons attack by the Assad government. It said that several hours earlier, regime forces had attacked the SDF in another town near Tabqa, wounding several and driving the SDF from the town. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the U.S. was working to restore a “deconfliction” communications line with Russian Federation meant to avoid an accidental clash over Syria.
Speaking in Washington, the top US military officer said the two sides were in delicate discussions to lower tensions.