The U.S. military delivered a strong message to Syria earlier in the week when they shot down a Syrian fighter jet as a “show of force.”
The Syrian SU-22 was shot down by a F/A-18 Super Hornet after the Syrian fighter bombed an area near a group of Syrian Democratic Forces.
President Donald Trump has warned the Syrians in the past not to engage American allies, but they decided to ignore those warnings and paid the price for it.
The Daily Caller reports:
The coalition acted “in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of Coalition partnered forces,” according to the task force’s statement. The engagement represents the first time a U.S. aircraft has shot down an aircraft belonging to the Bashar al-Assad regime.
“The Coalition’s mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. 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,” said the coalition statement. “The Coalition presence in Syria addresses the imminent threat ISIS in Syria poses globally. 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.”
I’m glad to see the American military backing up its promises. It is one thing to promise retaliation, but it is another thing altogether to follow through on it.
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