An American Navy fighter jet shot down a Syrian government fighter jet in a “show of force” after the regime bombed Kurdish rebels fighting ISIS near Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic extremists, the Gateway Pundit reports.
In a statement, the U.S.-led coalition said it will not hesitate to take action against forces attacking its coalition partners.
They, however, reiterated that its focus remains on defeating ISIS, and not engaging against Syrian or Russian forces.
“In accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of Coalition partnered forces, it was immediately shot down by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet.”
The attack was the most significant attack launched by the U.S. against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces since April, when President Donald Trump ordered airstrikes on a government airfield where a chemical attack originated.
The coalition also said they had contacted the Russians on a special “de-confliction” hotline in an effort to put an end to the assault.