It looks like we took down a jet which was bombing coalition forces on the ground near Raqaa. After Obama’s bizarre facilitation of both Iran and Russia, Iran remains emboldened (and rich) and Russia has gained a foothold in the Middle East they have no intention of relinquishing, so this is only going to get worse.
I am glad we finally have a commpander-in-chief who understands what’s at stake and willing to do what is necessary to smash ISIS.
A U.S. Navy fighter jet shot down a Syrian regime fighter jet on Sunday that had dropped bombs on Syrian rebel forces fighting ISIS in Syria, marking the first time the U.S. has engaged in air-to-air combat there and signaling an escalation of the conflict.
The U.S.-led coalition said in a statement that its focus is on fighting ISIS, and not fighting the Syrian regime or Russian forces, but it will not hesitate to defend coalition or partner forces coming under attack…
In the statement, the coalition stressed its goals and that it will defend its partnered forces.
“The coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend coalition or partner forces from any threat,” it said.
“The demonstrated hostile intent and actions of pro-regime forces toward coalition and partner forces in Syria conducting legitimate counter-ISIS operations will not be tolerated,” it added.
The shootdown is the latest escalation between the U.S.-led coalition and pro-regime Assad forces in Syria.
Over the last four weeks, the U.S. has conducted three airstrikes at pro-regime Assad forces, backed by Iran, that have moved into a de-confliction zone around the town of at Tanf in southwest Syria, which is the location of a coalition training base for local forces fighting ISIS.