A U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian government SU-22 on Sunday after Assad’s forces reportedly bombed positions held by the ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ in the southern Raqqa countryside.
There are conflicting reports – with the Syrians claiming they were conducting counterterrorism missions, and the United States claiming they were defending a Coalition partner whose mission is to defeat ISIS. An independent Syrian journalist named Alaa Ebrahim reports that the Syrian government plane was engaging a fleeing ISIS convoy.
— Alaa Ebrahim (@Alaa_Ebrahim_tv) June 18, 2017
US Report on Sunday’s downing of Syrian plane
According to the United States, the Syrian government launched an attack on the Syrian Democratic Forces Sunday afternoon in the town of Ja’Din at approximately 4:30 p.m. Syria time, wounding a number of SDF fighters and driving them from the town.
The U.S. then reportedly contacted Russia and told them to get Syria to de-escalate the situation. When that did not happen, a little over two hours after the initial attack on the SDF, a Syrian government SU-22 dropped bombs near U.S. backed SDF fighters south of the town of Tabqah, and was immediately shot down by a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet.
In a statement issued by the U.S. backed Coalition, the mission of the SDF is to “defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The Coalition does not seek to fight the Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend Coalition or partner forces from any threat.”
According to the Syrian government, they were conducting a counterterrorism mission in the region when the U.S. shot down their plane. From a 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.
— Within Syria (@WithinSyriaBlog) June 18, 2017
You American bastards just shot down my cousin's aircraft (Ali) while taking out the scumbags of ISIS in the area.
Ali hope you are OK bro😞 pic.twitter.com/z6IKFgbtqJ
— Majd Fahd 🇸🇾 (@Syria_Protector) June 18, 2017
Who and what are the Syrian Democratic Forces?
Established in 2015, the Syrian Democratic Forces is a coalition of 13 organizations established with the stated mission of fighting ISIS and other terrorist organizations. Not much else is known about the organization.
At the time of it’s founding, SDF spokesman Şêx Bender Himêdî El-Deham said all the forces joining the Democratic Syrian Forces herald the birth of future’s Syria, adding; “This democratic step will enable the democratic unity of all Syrian peoples on the basis of women’s freedom. Our basic objective is the founding of democratic Syria.”
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