US warplane downs Syrian army jet in Raqqa province
A US warplane shot down a Syrian army plane Sunday in the camp south of Raqqa, with Washington saying the plane dropped bombs near US-backed forces and said that Damascus plane was shot down during a mission against militants in the Islamic state .
A statement by the Syrian army posted on Syrian state television said the plane crashed and the pilot was lost in the first version of a Syrian plane by the United States since the beginning of conflict in 2011.
The military communiqué said it came Sunday afternoon near a town called Rasafa.
The blatant attack was an attempt to undermine the army’s efforts as the only effective force capable … with its allies in the fight against terrorism in its territory, “the Syrian army said.
“This comes at a time when the Syrian army and its allies made a clear breakthrough in the fight against the terrorist band Daesh,” he added.
The fighters belong to the Muslim forces of Syria (SDF)
The United States Central Command issued a statement that the Syrian plane was shot down “in the collective defense forces,” identified as combatants of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near Tabqah.
He said that “pro-Syrian regime forces” had previously attacked a south SDF-held city of Tabqa and wounded a number of fighters, leading to the city.
The coalition plane in a show of force stopped the initial advance. When SU-22 Syrian army aircraft subsequently featured bombs near US-backed forces, it was immediately fired by a US / A-18E Super Hornet F, according to the statement.
Before it fell on the map, the coalition had “contacted its Russian counterparts by telephone via a” conflict line “set up to reverse the situation and stop the firing.”
The coalition “is not trying to fight against the Syrian regime, the Russian forces and pro-regime” but would not hesitate to defend itself or its “associated forces from any threat,” the statement said.
COUNTRY PUMPS US Coalition
The coalition led by the United States has intensified in the last weeks of its aerial bombing campaign in northern Syria and the province of Raqqa. US-backed forces surrounded the city of Raqqa and captured several districts of the militants.
The Syrian army, which took the territory of retirement to the militants of the Islamic State in the eastern field of Aleppo, occurred in the province of Raqqa and recovered oil deposits and villages that were controlled militants of almost three years.
An SDF official said the Syrian army had been involved in fighting in recent days with US-backed forces near the town of Maskaneh near the borders of Raqqa province, much of which is currently owned by Groups supported by the United States that fight against the Islamic state.
The Syrian army backed by Iran-backed militias was also competing in southeastern Syria with United States-backed FSA rebels who are also trying to reclaim territory from the Islamic state.
On several occasions in recent weeks, had the US-led coalition of war also affected pro-government forces to prevent them from leaving a United States-controlled garrison in southeastern Syria, a place where borders Of the country are joining Iraq and Jordan.