Pentagon Responds: "US Pilots Will Defend Themselves If Attacked By Russians"

Tyler Durden's picture

One wouldn't know it by looking at the market, but the biggest developing story today was Russia's threat to intercept any aircraft - including US - flying in the area of operations of the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria, and "be followed as targets" after yesterday's downing by a US F-18 of a Syrian Su-22 fighter jet. Moments ago the US responded to this unmistakable deterioration in relations between the two nations, when a Pentagon spokesman said U.S. pilots over Syria will defend themselves if attacked by Russians.

"We are aware of the Russian statements," Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said Monday morning quoted by WashEx. "We do not seek conflict with any party in Syria other than ISIS, but we will not hesitate to defend ourselves or our partners if threatened," Davis said, seemingly unaware that shooting down a sovereign nation's plane above its own territory is exactly what "seeking a conflict" looks like. In a follow up statement this afternoon, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the US will "retain the right of self-defense in Syria."

Separately, Col. Ryan Dillon, chief U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said "coalition aircraft continue to conduct operations throughout Syria, targeting ISIS forces and providing air support for coalition partner forces on the ground."

Unlike Davis, Dillon appeared to indicate the U.S. will avoid the parts of Syria where Russia said U.S. planes would be tracked as potential targets or providing additional airpower to counter threats.

"As a result of recent encounters involving pro-Syrian regime and Russian forces, we have taken prudent measures to reposition aircraft over Syria so as to continue targeting ISIS forces while ensuring the safety of our aircrews given known threats in the battlespace," Dillon said. He added that coalition aircraft will continue operations against Islamic State targets “while ensuring the safety of our aircrew given known threats in the battlespace,” he said.

"I'm sure that because of this neither the U.S. nor anyone else will take any actions to threaten our aircraft," he said, according to state-owned RIA Novosti news agency. "That's why there's no threat of direct confrontation between Russia and American aircraft."

Earlier, the Russian defense ministry called the US attack on a Syrian jet “a cynical violation of Syria’s sovereignty” and said Russia was halting so-called deconfliction coordination with the U.S. aimed at averting air incidents.

Menawhile, Russia doubled down after Viktor Ozerov, the Russian parliament's, defense committee’s chairman, said U.S.-led aircraft in Syria may face “destruction” if they threaten the lives of Russian pilot. While Russia hopes it won’t have to take such action, “we won’t allow anyone to do what happened to the Syrian plane to our pilots,” he said.

Frants Klintsevich, deputy head of the defense committee in Russia’s upper house of parliament, said the the Defense Ministry’s response doesn’t mean there’ll be war with the U.S., though it’s a “pretty serious” signal that Russia won’t accept acts of aggression against Syria.

On the other hand, “lawmakers have no influence” on the Kremlin’s policy toward Syria and “all Russian actions, not rhetoric, show that Putin is trying now to avoid escalation with the West,” said Ruslan Pukhov, head of the Center of Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow. To be sure, Russia previously vowed to halt deconfliction coordination in April, after the U.S. bombed a Syrian airbase in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by Assad’s forces. But the U.S.-Russian communications to avoid clashes in the skies over Syria resumed after only a few days.

Whether relations between the US and Russia normalize in the coming days, however, suddenly the Middle-east is a far more dangerous place even without this latest escalation, following not only the Qatar crisis, but the just reported alleged terrorist attempt by Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps on an offshore Saudi oil field. As such, avoiding the spark that launches the next conflict is becoming increasingly more difficult.

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Bill of Rights's picture

I see your schwartz is as big as mine..

WernerHeisenberg's picture

Oh my, outrage at a Russian microaggression!  Good luck to the pierced, blue haired, chubby US of A pilots in their 1970s- 1980s tech aircraft!

Mr. Universe's picture

How about admitting that the US forces are not welcome in Syria and if they are trying to start a war this is the way to do it. Imagine if the show was on the other foot, how would the US respond?

Looney's picture


Our planes in Syria are being relocated somewhere else.

It’s not clear whether the move was caused by the downing of the Syrian plane or Iran’s surface-to-surface missile attack on ISIS.


BaBaBouy's picture

Fecking Woar Beachez ...

None of Our Business, Fighting Over Sand, Nothing ...

fleur de lis's picture

And where are all the magnificent Israeli pilots?

IDF jets in the skies over Syria should be a familiar sight. 

We have American, Syrian, Russian, Iranian, and probably NATO temp day jobs, yet nary an Israeli in sight.

All that fancy equipment forcibly donated by American taxpayers, flown by what we were always told were superior Israeli flyers and backed up by superior israeli commandos.  

After all, this fighting is in their backyard and for their survival doncha know.

So where are they?




Ghost of Porky's picture

Pro-Tip from John McCain: "Pilots: if you get shot down, remember you can get special favors from your captors if you betray your own country and do some propoganda videos for the enemy."

tmosley's picture

Gold down $8.60.

Silver down $0.21.

Such hedges against instability.

Alt RightGirl's picture

The j00s are working tirelessly to keep the goy in the dark.

But goy adapted and now sees in the dark.

The Damaging Effects of Jewish Activism on Western Culture

a Smudge by any other name's picture

The white-shoe MIC crowd slicks back it's hair with bear fat, sharpens it's fangs and rubs it's hands together in glee. The demons shall feast!


Luc X. Ifer's picture

Awesome economic news, MAGA via MIC prosperity!

actionjacksonbrownie's picture

Upvoted. The long-nose cocksuckers are working overtime to fuck over everyone who isn't in the "the Club", and they are succeeding. They have Gold by the throat and have been slowly squeezing the life out of it for 6 years now, with no mercy.


She's dead, Jim.

(and where is Kirkncc1701?)

Whalley World's picture

And luckily buried, in my 10 acres

aPocketofResistance's picture

Yea, electronic digits are a much better store of wealth, right?

Jacksons Ghost's picture

Did the price of Gold really go down? Especially if nobody took delivery of the traded Gold.

OverTheHedge's picture

It's like the sound of one hand clapping, or a tree falling unheard in the woods: if there is only paper gold traded, what is the price of gold?

Very Zen.....

Perimetr's picture

These arrogant fools are going to get us all killed. 


Never One Roach's picture

"US pilots will fire back at any Russian aircraft that tries to defend itself form US pilot attacks."


divingengineer's picture

What the fuck.
Bitcoin gyrates $600 in a week and you knock gold?

gunzeon's picture

Gold will make you rich in 20 years, not 20 days or months like crypto. So, who here will still be standing in 20 years to give a hoot ?


83_vf_1100_c's picture

The Israelis are an island surrounded by a sea of enemies. They are necessarily careful about wagging their dick around needlessly. Syria is not the place for such dick wagging for them. Other countries are doing the work for them.

  Best get your wallets out and hide your young men. Our .gov seems intent on starting WW3 to get the economy back on the rails.

Billy the Poet's picture

Israel stands against the world, an island of their own making and they wouldn't have it any other way. When you can get the world's only superpower to pay you handsomely for attacking it and spying on it then you feel a certain confidence.

a Smudge by any other name's picture

Are you guys kidding? US-backed Saud/Israel is the new power block. Every regional nation has to get with that or try to cobble together a Russia backed Iran block. As Syria, Qatar and Yemen how that's going.

Lore's picture


Stupid psychopaths are so blinded by their own deranged hubris that they can't see that THEY'RE ALREADY THE LOSERS.  It's the same old tiresome story.  As long as their twisted kind is still allowed to give orders, they're going to drag the rest of us down into the shit.

Why does Trump put up with this garbage?  Mr. President:  SMARTEN UP AND GROW A PAIR. 

Bludklot's picture

Especially when your dick is missing a helmet.

Al Armed's picture

IDF jets in the skies over Syria are a familiar sight. Greater Israel uber alles.

HRClinton's picture

An attack on IDF in Syrian air space is an attack on NATO, because... just because. 

mrtoad's picture

Me thinks their jets have been painted in coalition colours

Bludklot's picture

When your enemy is busy destroying himself don't get in the way.

chubbar's picture

No one that is paying attention believes this farce put on by the neo-cons in the US gov't. Every gov't around the world knows the US is trying to start a war, we are officially the bad guys now. Neither party gives a shit about killing innocent women or children, they don't care about starting wars or whatever else the fuck they are trying to do. It's not going to end well for the US and it's citizens. We are governed by a bunch of psychopaths.

Never One Roach's picture

My neighbor return from overseas vacation in Asia and said people are beginning to hate Americans even more...after Bush and Obama 24/7 365 bombing and killing....and now more bombing and killing.

Soon, Americans won't be able to travel safely anywhere he said.

a Smudge by any other name's picture

Almost makes me laugh. USA expats can be found in every exotic corner of the globe. They write us and say ha ha, I got out suckers, look at how cool I am now!

And one day the locals are just gonna take their shit. Ha ha.

Mr. Universe's picture

That is why I stopped looking into moving to Panama. Of course then I realized that it is just a matter of time before my own .gov are just gonna take my shit.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

So the US shoots down a Syrian plane and then says: "We do not seek conflict with any party in Syria other than ISIS" 

Isn't that equating the Syrian government and ISIS?

So ISIS has planes now?  How dumb does the Pentagon think people are, exactly?  How many times are they going to help ISIS advance 'by mistake', and supply them 'by mistake' before people become incredulous?  Rhetorical question, because it has already happened.

Al Armed's picture

It doesn't matter how smart we are. What matters is who owns the press. The US military will stay in Syria doing Israel's dirty work just as long as the Washington Post pleases.

sebmurray's picture

"How dumb does the Pentagon think people are, exactly?"


Given that a state of the art navy destroyer just got t-boned by a 27000 tonne cargo ship, I think the pertinent question is "How dumb is the Pentagon?"

trailer park boys's picture

Please! The USS Fitzgerald is designed to interdict supersonic ship to ship missiles. Not 12 knot 700 foot container ships.

trailer park boys's picture

Please! The USS Fitzgerald is designed to interdict supersonic ship to ship missiles. Not 12 knot 700 foot container ships.

ne-tiger's picture

Trump lost control of military. We are all going to be killed.

BaBaBouy's picture

New War, Signed Thump ...

BetaGap's picture

Can someone point me to the legitimation of US forces bring there at all?


Bastiat's picture

US Forces are invaders in Syria.  

yomutti2's picture


Yeah, just like the like the Russians. And it doesn't make a fucking bit of difference that Assad invited the Russians (or rather begged them to save his ass). he's a dictator with no legitimacy.



khnum's picture

he was democratically elected 

Kantbelieveit's picture

So the Saudi king has "legitimacy" when we kiss his ass for oil and weapons contracts? The USA has backed some of the most vicious regimes in the world to preserve American power, while screaming about injustice and human rights as soon as someone refuses to do our bidding. This hypocrisy stinks to high heaven, but it doesn't bother the team USA zealots. Exceptional America makes it own rules.