The Syrian military aircraft was shot down by a fighter of the US-led coalition in raqqa province. At that time, as the Americans have accused the Syrian pilot that he was struck in the “moderate” opposition, official Damascus argues that the purpose of the mission was to strikes against terrorists of ISIS (Islamic state, ISIS/ISIL is banned in Russia and other countries group).
According to the Pentagon, fighter-bomber su-22 Syrian air force aircraft was shot down by F/A-18E Super Hornet after the bombs fell close to the positions supported by the Americans, “Syrian democratic forces”. This is the first time in the history of the Syrian conflict, when the US-led coalition aircraft shot down by government forces of the SAR. Moreover, it is possible that this is the first since the war in Kosovo (1999) a case where an American plane in a dogfight knocks driven aircraft.
Western news agencies reported that the incident occurred on Sunday afternoon near the town of Tabqa, where fighters of the “Syrian democratic forces” are fighting against the militants of the “Islamic state”, holding Raqqa. The Americans claim that they have tried using the emergency radio frequency, to force the Syrian plane to fly – but to no avail. Then F/A-18E Super Hornet from the aircraft carrier George H. W. Bush, struck him a blow. The pilot of the downed plane was reported missing, informs Bi-bi-si.
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Damascus condemned the “blatant attack” that could have “dangerous consequences.” The Americans, in turn, do not hide that the attack on the Syrian plane was a “show of force”.
But the Pentagon says that the Western coalition is “not seeking to fight with the forces of the Syrian regime, Russian or supporters of the regime,” but warns of intention to defend the coalition and allied forces against any threat.
Despite the fact that in the air, the clash of its kind in Syria, it was the first, the United States has repeatedly attacked the troops of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the forces of his supporters. In particular, in June the Americans shot down near the border with Iraq, the drone, made in Iran and owned by allies of Assad. In may the Americans from the air was dealt a blow on the convoy of supporters of the Syrian government, moving towards a base in at-Tape where Western advisers are preparing the fighters of the opposition. And in April, 59 Tomahawk missiles was launched by the us military at the air base of the Syrian army after government forces were accused of chemical attack in Idlib province. And in September last year, the American coalition aircraft instead of the positions of the “Islamic state” bombed Syrian army soldiers – killed 62 troops.
It is clear that the story of the airplane – the new evidence that the growing escalation of the confrontation between the forces supporting President Bashar al-Assad, and the United States. And anything good from this it follows: the only “beneficiaries” in this situation seems to be the terrorists of ISIS.
Meanwhile, the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps reported that Iran on Sunday launched a number of missiles “ground-land” medium-range, which was struck by the ISIS militants in the province of Deir ez-Zor in Eastern Syria. Obviously, this was done in response to the recent terrorist attacks carried out by supporters of the “Islamic state” in Tehran.