Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Russian Federation threatens to target U.S. jets after Syria warplane downed

Russian diplomat condemns US for downing Syrian fighter jet Russia condemns US downing of Syria warplane as act of aggression
Melinda Barton | 20 June, 2017, 02:27

Tensions are escalating in Syria after the American military shot down a Syrian combat jet for the first time and Russian Federation announced, in retaliation, that it will treat "all flying objects" from the US-led coalition as "targets" in some parts of the strife-torn West Asian nation.

Russian Federation issued a statement on Monday saying as much and condemning the US for shooting down a Syrian aircraft, which had been dropping bombs near USA and coalition forces in Syria's Raqqa province.

And it has demanded a full account of why the U.S. military shot down the Syrian SU-22.

The Syrian pilot catapulted into an area controlled by Islamic State [of Iraq and the Levant] terrorists. US -led coalition troops, specifically the Syrian Democratic Forces, were fighting in Raqqa province in an effort to oust ISIS from Raqqa, which ISIS now holds.

Moscow has condemned the US downing of the Syrian government fighter jet after it dropped bombs nears USA partner forces.

A Russian Su-30 fighter jet takes off on a combat mission with a Su-30 bomber in the foreground, at Hemeimeem airbase, Syria, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015.

Russian Federation has fighter aircraft, air defense weapons and other military assets in Syria in support of President Bashar Assad's government.

The shoot-down marks the first time a United States jet has downed a Syrian regime warplane, despite leading a massive air campaign targeting IS in Syria for almost three years.

In a separate incident, Iran's Revolutionary Guards said they had launched several missiles from Iran into eastern Syria on Sunday, targeting IS fighters.

Silo accused regime forces of launching "large-scale attacks using aircraft, artillery, and tanks" on the US-backed SDF since Saturday in the Tabqa area. SDF forces are backed by the US-led coalition fighting ISIS. Although the Pentagon claims that it contacted Russian forces before American-allied forces shot down the Syrian plane in an effort to make the plan stop its bombing, Russia denies receiving any communications. "We call on everyone to avoid unilateral moves, respect Syrian sovereignty and join our common work which is agreed with the Syrian Arab Republic's government", the foreign minister said.

The Pentagon has repeatedly stressed it has no interest in increasing its role in Syria's civil war, and that its sole focus is on defeating IS.

Analysts say neither Washington nor President Bashar al-Assad's regime appear to be seeking further confrontation, but warn the risks are high in Syria's increasingly crowded battlefields.

"Pro Syrian regime forces" had launched an attack on Ja'Din Sunday afternoon, retaking the town from the Syrian Democratic Forces or SDF, the network of Arab and Kurdish militias tasked by the USA coalition to liberate Raqqa.