Russian Federation said it was ending the U.S.
The previous Conservative government first deployed Aurora surveillance planes, a Polaris air-to-air refueller and six CF-18 fighter jets to participate in the US -led air campaign against ISIL in October 2014.
The attacks have showcased the depth of Iran’s military presence in Syria: Iranian drones launched from areas around Damascus allowed Revolutionary Guard commanders to assess the damage done by the missiles in real-time. The U.S. -led coalition in Syria is ostensibly focused on fighting ISIS, a terrorist organization that styles itself a caliphate.
But in a warning that the USA would protect its partners, Spicer said: “The Syrian regime and others in the region need to understand that we will retain the right of self-defense of coalition forces aligned against ISIS”. While the USA has said since it began recruiting, training and advising what it calls moderate Syrian opposition forces to fight IS that it would protect them from potential Syrian government retribution, this was the first time it resorted to engaging in air-to-air combat to make good on that promise.
According to reports from the Syrian Democratic Force, the pro-Assad Su-22 jet fighter was targeting rebel forces attacking ISIS-controlled Raqqa.
Earlier, Syrian forces attacked coalition fighters in Ja’Din, wounding a number of fighters and driving them from the town. Though the narrative is denied by Russian intelligence, the reports of Syrian aggression against rebels has become a rallying banner for #Sdf troops to fight Assad’s regime. The United States claims that the Syrian jet dropped bombs on USA -allied Syrian forces.
Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said it was a “continuation of America’s line to disregard the norms of global law”.
Here is what the Russian Defense Ministry said: “Any aircraft, including planes and drones of the global coalition, detected in the operation areas west of the Euphrates River by the Russian air forces will be followed by Russian ground-based air defense and air defense aircraft as air targets”. The Russian broadsides come as the US -led coalition finds itself facing an increasingly crowded operational area in its fight against ISIS.
“The Russians do not want this conflict to escalate further where USA and Russian forces come to blow”, said Heras. Iraqi lawmaker Abdul-Bari Zebari said his country agreed to the missile overflight after coordination with Iran, Russia and Syria.
Other Iranian officials were more blunt in their assessment of the attack.
Clashes between Syrian troops and the SDF would escalate tensions and open a new front line in the many complex battlefields of the civil war, now in its seventh year. The shootdown was near the Syrian town of Tabqa.
“After the totally lopsided kill-to-loss ratio attained by the US Air Force and US Navy during the First Gulf War (in 1991), it is a very rare thing for regimes under attack by the US and its allies to send fighters up in defence – since they know how it will end”. The conflagration in Syria is starting to worsen as SDF fighters and Assad forces are slowly destroying ISIS positions in Syria, leaving no common enemy to fight against.
SDF spokesman Talal Sillo said the government aims to thwart the SDF offensive to capture the city of Raqqa.