A U.S. Navy fighter jet shot down a Syrian government warplane after it attacked Washington-backed fighters near ISIS’ de facto capital of Raqqa, the U.S.-led coalition said Sunday.

In a statement, the coalition headquarters in Iraq said that a F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Su-22 that had dropped bombs near positions held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The statement said coalition aircraft had “conducted a show of force” to turn back an attack by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s forces on the SDF in the town of Ja’Din, south of Tabqah.

The coalition said the shootdown took place “in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of Coalition partnered forces.”

The statement said “a number of SDF fighters” were wounded in the regime’s attack, but did not specify further. The coalition also said that Russian officers had been contacted on a special “de-confliction” hotline in an effort to halt the assault.

“The Coalition’s mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria,” its statement said. “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.”

The statement went on to call for all parties in Syria’s complex and bloody six-year-long civil war to “focus their efforts on the defeat of ISIS, which is our common enemy and the greatest threat to regional and worldwide peace and security.”

  • TruthInLogic

    So the ISIS air force strikes again, can’t let ISIS be totally destroyed, still need them to attack Assad.

  • ddearborn

    Hmmm

    “near positions held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).” There is NOTHING “democratic” about these ISIS terrorists. ISIS has since it emerged from the shadows done nothing but slaughter Muslims and Christians by the Millions, while never attacking Israel or US forces. And the fact that the US/Israel created and deployed these terrorists to institute regime change against Syria and its duly democratically elected (the Syria election was internationally observed and certified) tells me that the 9-11 was an Israeli false flag coup which put Zionists in charge of America. And everything that the US has done in the Middle East since has been in aid of creating a new Jewish only Zionist empire. America has been and continues to be betrayed at every turn by those in power in Washington. Virtually everything that the US/Israel/Turkey have done in terms of the rest of the Middle East is illegal, unethical, immoral and just plain wrong.

    Real American Patriots would have literally leveled Tel Aviv within hours of the 9-11 attacks. Because within hours it was crystal clear beyond a shadow of a doubt Israel was behind 9-11…..The dancing Israelis, the nearly 100 Mossad agents arrested that day, the dozens of Mossad agents in the Towers in the weeks leading up to the attacks, etc. etc. etc. Instead we attacked….Afghanistan? wtf?

  • Lophatt

    The US is not invited to be there. They obviously know where these “ISIS” positions are, why don’t they take them out? The answer is, because Israel wants them there. Russia was invited. The US was not. They have no business being there.