US downs Syrian plane
NEW ESCALATION Experts warn of high risks in increasingly crowded battlefield
An American fighter jet has for the first time downed a Syrian warplane that Washington accused of attacking US-backed fighters, in a new escalation between the United States and regime forces.
The incident further complicates the country’s six-year war and comes as a US-led coalition and allied fighters battle to oust the Islamic State group from its Syrian bastion Raqa.
Analysts say neither Washington nor President Bashar alAssad’s regime appear to be seeking further confrontation, but warn the risks are high in Syria’s crowded battlefields.
The Syrian jet was shot down after regime forces engaged fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance battling with US support against IS, in an area close to Raqa.
The American F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down the Syrian SU-22 around 7:00 pm as it “dropped bombs near SDF fighters” south of the town of Tabqa, the coalition said in a statement.
A missile is fired from city of Kermanshah in western Iran targeting the Islamic State in Syria.