US shoots down Syr­ian plane

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A Syr­ian war­plane was shot down by Amer­i­can jets af­ter it bombed po­si­tions held by the US-backed Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces. The Su22 was shot down June 18 south of Tabqah, a strate­gic town less than 30 miles from the ISIS cap­i­tal in Raqqa. The con­fronta­tion took place fol­low­ing clashes be­tween SDF and regime forces in a nearby vil­lage. US of­fi­cials say that the air­craft ig­nored mul­ti­ple warn­ings by US fight­ers, and that ef­forts to use a “de-con­flic­tion hot­line” failed. Rus­sia has since an­nounced it would sus­pend the hot­line and track all air­craft west of the Euphrates as “air tar­gets.” It is the first time a US fighter has shot down a manned air­craft since 1999, and Amer­ica’s most overt con­fronta­tion with the As­sad regime since a mas­sive cruise mis­sile strike in April.

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