U.S-Led Coalition Shoots Down Syrian Warplane

Update: U.S. Central Command issued a statement saying the plane was downed "in collective self-defense of Coalition-partnered forces," identified as fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces near Tabqah. It is unclear if these particular "forces" were getting their funding from Saudi Arabia or Qatar.

And a quick situational take from Worldview:

A U.S. Navy fighter jet shot down a Syrian government Su-22 fighter jet on June 18 that had dropped bombs on Syrian rebel forces fighting the Islamic State in Syria, ABC News reported. The U.S.-led coalition said in a statement that its focus is on fighting the militant group, and not fighting the Syrian government or Russian forces, but it will defend coalition forces coming under attack. The incident occurred in a town south of Tabqa, Syria, which had been retaken from the Islamic State by the Syrian Democratic Forces, an umbrella group of Syrian Kurdish and Arab rebel forces, in preparation for the offensive on the stronghold of Raqqa.

 

The downing is the latest escalation between the U.S.-led coalition and pro-government forces in Syria. The United States has also recently conducted airstrikes at pro-Syrian government forces that have moved into a deconfliction zone around the town of at al-Tanf in southwest Syria, which is the location of a coalition training base for local forces fighting the Islamic State.


Meanwhile, the Syrians are not happy with the US strike:

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The US-led, so-called anti-terrorist, coalition has reportedly shot down a Syrian government forces aircraft. Reuters reports the Syrian Arab Army announced that the aircraft was brought down in the southern Raqqa countryside, while it was engaging a fleeing ISIS convoy. The pilot remains missing.

Statement issued by the Syrian General Command of the Army and Armed Forces

The International Alliance (IAAF) this afternoon called for the targeting of one of our fighter jets in the Rusafa area in the southern Rifqa district while carrying out a combat mission against an organization calling on the terrorist in the area, which led to the plane crash and the loss of the pilot.

 

This blatant attack confirms beyond doubt the reality of the US position supporting terrorism, which aims to try to influence the ability of the Syrian Arab army the only effective force with its allies that exercise their legitimate right to fight terrorism throughout the territory of the homeland, especially as this attack comes at a time that achieves In which the Syrian Arab Army and its allies made clear progress in fighting the organization calling on the terrorist who is being defeated in the Syrian desert on more than one direction.

 

It also affirms the existing coordination between the United States of America and the organization of the terrorist advocate, and exposes the malicious intentions of the United States of America in the management and investment of terrorism to achieve its objectives in passing the American Zionist project in the region.

 

The General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces, warning of the serious consequences of this blatant attack on counterterrorism efforts, affirms that such attacks will not discourage them from their determination and determination to continue the war against the terrorist organizations and groups associated with them and restore security and stability to all the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic.

 

Damascus, 18 June 2017
General Command of the Army and Armed Forces

Freelance Journalist Alaa Ebrahim reports the aircraft was engaging a fleeing ISIS convoy...

Which comes just days after US military reported watched as ISIS escaped from Raqqa.

Comments

Manthong J Jason Djfmam Sun, 06/18/2017 - 16:45 Permalink

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Well… was it a MIG 23,   21 or 17  ? .. and did the coalition use a rifle, a pellet gun or a BB gun to take it down?

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Manthong Truther Sun, 06/18/2017 - 17:02 Permalink

 
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I might be enough of a faggot for you and your butt licking persuasion …and I just hope the terrorists do not have many cargo ships, ferries, barges or pontoon boats  to take out $1 B destroyers. BTW.. I know more about the 911 issue than you do and I can take you back to Jackson…. Better yet, the invasion of the Brits by the Brats way before that.

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Manthong Manthong Sun, 06/18/2017 - 17:12 Permalink

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.. how much can you tell anybody the role vicious, criminal banking is involved in any post-1600 civilization? You are very likely way out of your league so I have a brown throng strap to shove down your neck

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Manthong luky luke (not verified) Sun, 06/18/2017 - 17:38 Permalink

  I have a great idea… Let’s crowd fund the purchase of one of those things from Syria… .. probably only about a $100 K or so…. Better yet, how about we buy a dozen or so , have them fully armed, put them at Palwaukee and let them patrol over Chicago… Gosh, if that works out.. we could put another wing in Teaberry. 

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Manthong Billy the Poet Sun, 06/18/2017 - 18:00 Permalink

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Surprise.. surprise.. surprise……. https://youtu.be/2TnkJ8_BmSI

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Endgame Napoleon Billy the Poet Sun, 06/18/2017 - 20:08 Permalink

Hillary inadvertently armed them, supposedly. The problem with intervention in the faction-packed Middle East is that Westerners never really know all the details of what these factions do, whether it is the dictatorial rulers or the rebels. It is always foggy and treacherous. That is why many Americans wanted Trump to focus on guarding the US border, not on Syria or other foreign countries.

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OverTheHedge New_Meat Sun, 06/18/2017 - 23:57 Permalink

I keep coming back to the Wikileaks emails that confirmed Hillary's Libya madness was to "improve her optics". She made decisions based not on what is good for the area in question, but what might be good for Hilary later during an election. Nothing like a bit of hubris to bring you down. Of course, still many, many dead people to help Hilary not win an election. Hey ho.

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bluez Billy the Poet Sun, 06/18/2017 - 21:26 Permalink

The Syrian plane that was shot down was an Su-22, a variant of the Su-17. This model was generally phased out in the 1980s, and it looks about equivalent to a Phantom F-4. It was shot down by (probably two) F/A-18 Super Hornets, which are brand new. So it was shot down in about the same way an F-4 would be after dropping a load of ordnance.

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Ms No HowdyDoody Sun, 06/18/2017 - 19:43 Permalink

You are too good at this.  You always know and find things that nobody knows.  You should submit some articles.Those "de-confliction zones" are a joke.  Like Lavrov said the term has been invented, they are illegitimate and will not be recognized.  They can't allow for those to stay.  Too bad Iran didn't turn them into smoldering holes in the ground.  

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HowdyDoody Ms No Sun, 06/18/2017 - 20:01 Permalink

Thanks. I used to do that for another blog, but it really is time consuming to do it properly. Kudos to those that do it.

I just follow local or non-western MSM sources

Syria
http://www.almasdarnews.com/
http://syrianperspective.com/
Russian
https://z5h64q92x9.net/proxy_u/ru-en.en/colonelcassad.livejournal.com/
https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?sl=ru&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en…

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dumluk Nothing Sun, 06/18/2017 - 18:51 Permalink

Yeah, and it wouldnt surprise me if they pushed the button on one of those nuclear missles and nothing happened.........Were a bankrupt nation that seems incapable of doing anything right any more.........Now who can we blame this on? Hmmmmmm...........lemme think....shouldnt take but a nanosecond.....

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Sudden Debt BaBaBouy Sun, 06/18/2017 - 16:39 Permalink

ISIS is the USAmericans should watch this very carefully because this is how the deepstate will take full control over America.They'll create some seperatist group in America and everybody that is not on their side is on the terrorist side.Nationalities don't matter for them nor do race. You're in the clan or you aren't. You're usefull or you aren't.and a lot of Americans aren't.

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OverTheHedge researchfix Mon, 06/19/2017 - 00:13 Permalink

From the link posted by the very sensible person above:"The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fighting broke out in two villages, Jaaydine and Shouwayhane, some 40km south of Raqqa.The Observatory said the clashes came after government troops had reached the edges of Resafa, also in the same area, as part of an offensive to reach Deir Ezzor."The regime is trying to reach the oil province of Deir Ezzor through Raqqa," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.The regime has lost control of many oil and gas fields since the start in 2011 of Syria's conflict, especially in the provinces of Homs and Deir Ezzor.Most of the province is held by IS, including parts of the provincial capital, Deir Ezzor city, and the militants are besieging government-held parts of the city."Now you know why there is a deconfliction zone.And here is the link in case you missed it: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/syria-accuses-us-led-coalition-downin…

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HowdyDoody nightwish Mon, 06/19/2017 - 04:49 Permalink

Strange how US never put out videos of its strikes against ISIS over the last 4-5 years. They rarely put out press releases either. Usually only when they have killed al Baghdadi for the bazillionth time, or admitting they did actually murder civilians or blow up hospitals, or killed SAA forces. Anyone with a brain would be a little ... unconvinced ... by the US claims that they are actually fighting ISIS.

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crazzziecanuck IReallyDontCare Sun, 06/18/2017 - 19:38 Permalink

THis is why the USA, since the end of the Cold War has literally done nothing but shot itself in the foot.  As it's economic clout evaporated, the American state decided to double down on militarism, attacking whomever, wherever and whenever they wanted to.America knowingly starts wars it knows it can't really win.  It doesn't really want to win because that makes less money.  Pepe Escobar refers to the USA as the Empire of Chaos.  I disagree.  The chaos is just cover for graft, corruption and racketeering by the elite.

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