June 19, 2017
A U.S. Super Hornet shoots down a Syrian fighter jet as it was allegedly conducting a strike on a Syrian rebel group.
That’s according to an official statement from the U.S. Central Command.
The incident happened around 7:00 P.M. local time a little over a mile away from an established de-escalation zone in Northern Syria.
The statement also said the U.S.-backed coalition does not seek to fight with Syria, Russia or pro-regime forces, but it will not hesitate to defend coalition or partner forces from any threat.
The Syrian government condemns the shoot-down.
On Monday morning, Syrian officials are called the incident a “flagrant attack” that will have repercussions on the battle against terror in the country.
The Russian government warns the United States that any coalition aircraft flying over Syrian airspace will be treated as potential targets.
The Russian Defense Ministry also said it will stop communications with U.S. military aimed at preventing mid-air accidents.