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Monday, June 19, 2017

A U.S. Navy fighter jet shot down a Syrian regime fighter jet on Sunday that had dropped bombs on Syrian rebel forces fighting ISIS in Syria. The U.S.-led coalition said in a statement that its focus is on fighting ISIS, and not fighting the Syrian regime or Russian forces, but it will not hesitate to defend coalition or partner forces coming under attack. The incident occurred in the town of Ja'Din, south of Tabqa, Syria, which had recently been retaken from ISIS by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an umbrella group of Syrian Kurdish and Arab rebel forces supported by the U.S. in the fight against the militant group. SDF came under attack from regime forces in favor of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad around 4:30 p.m. Syria time.

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"Following the Pro-Syrian forces attack, the coalition contacted its Russian counterparts by telephone via an established 'de-confliction line' to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing," said a statement from Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS.

"At 6:43 p.m., a Syrian regime SU-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters south of Tabqah and, in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of coalition partnered forces, was immediately shot down by a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet," said the statement.

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Attack US allies in a combat zone, this is what the blowback is: the first US military air-to-air kill since 1999. GJ Navy

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-06-18 07:36 PM | Reply

a Syrian regime SU-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters south of Tabqah and, in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of coalition partnered forces, was immediately shot down by a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet,"

So it shot it down after it bombed its target? Go Navy, indeed.

#2 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-06-18 08:00 PM | Reply

Preemptively shooting down the Syrian regime aircraft without an established reason would've been uncalled for...

#3 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-06-18 08:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Preemptively shooting down the Syrian regime aircraft without an established reason would've been uncalled for...

Fairly pointless doing it after, no? You know, from a tactical perspective.

#4 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-06-18 08:29 PM | Reply

Well it certainly is a message for the next pilot.

#5 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-06-18 08:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Well it certainly is a message for the next pilot.

So will the first Syrian-based Russian SAM that smokes an F-18.

#6 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-06-18 08:49 PM | Reply

#6 well you're right and it will ratchet up from there I suppose. Thank god with all the craziness in the whole region we have Trump and Putin, reasonable people. I'm sure Netanyahu wants to play too.

And so it begins.

#7 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-06-18 09:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

And so it begins.

Indeed. Good to have calm, rational hands on the wheel in such complicated times.

Hahahahahahaha! Lawd helps us all.

#8 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-06-18 09:10 PM | Reply

was immediately shot down by a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet

Just say the pilot was suffering from low oxygen levels.

#9 | Posted by 726 at 2017-06-19 07:30 AM | Reply

Putin is now pissed at Little d. How soon till Little d apologizes?

#10 | Posted by 726 at 2017-06-19 07:31 AM | Reply

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This is getting Syrious.

#11 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-06-19 11:50 AM | Reply

I guess shooting down a SU22 by a F18, is better than giving Rebels SA Missiles

#12 | Posted by cmbell73 at 2017-06-19 12:09 PM | Reply

"Preemptively shooting down the Syrian regime aircraft without an established reason would've been uncalled for..."

"Fairly pointless doing it after, no? You know, from a tactical perspective.
#4 | POSTED BY REDIAL"

You are aware that fighter jets are not single-use vehicles, right? That particular jet will not be used to drop bombs near our "friends" in the future. Not exactless pointless, if you ask me.

#13 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-06-19 12:50 PM | Reply

Little d will get his war after all.

#14 | Posted by 726 at 2017-06-19 02:01 PM | Reply


This is a Not Good escalation.

The proxy war is spilling out of the proxy container...

#15 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-06-19 02:40 PM | Reply

"Fairly pointless doing it after, no? You know, from a tactical perspective.
#4 | POSTED BY REDIAL"

The article is pretty clear: Rules of Engagement. They attacked at 4:30. We warned them per the established de-escalation between Russia/USA. They attacked again 2 hours later. They got dropped per rules of engagement.

#16 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-06-19 03:23 PM | Reply

"Похоже, что США при Дональде Трампе – это источник качественного нового уровня опасности не только на Ближнем Востоке, но и во всем мире."
--Frants Klintsevich, the deputy chairman of the Russian Senate's defense committee.

#17 | Posted by cbob at 2017-06-19 05:42 PM | Reply

#17--

That's part of a Facebook post by Klintsevich about Russia being provoked at www.facebook.com

The English translation is: "It seems that the U.S. under Donald Trump is a source of a qualitatively new level of danger not only in the middle east but also around the world."

#18 | Posted by cbob at 2017-06-19 05:49 PM | Reply

That particular jet will not be used to drop bombs near our "friends" in the future. Not exactless pointless, if you ask me.

#13 | Posted by mOntecOre

So destroying planes used in attacks is more effective than destroying runways.

Nice to know.

Is it time for chocolate cake yet?

#19 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-06-19 05:55 PM | Reply

The BEST cake.

#20 | Posted by cbob at 2017-06-19 05:56 PM | Reply

We need to make all cakes higher.

#21 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-06-19 06:14 PM | Reply

Today Russia vows to "target" American planes in Syria.

Also, I want 2 scoops of ice cream with my beautiful chocolate cake.

Or off with your heads!

#22 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-06-20 11:26 AM | Reply

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