US says it shot down Syrian warplane

War / Terrorism 6/19/2017, 1:42 AM
US says it shot down Syrian warplane

An American fighter jet, in what appeared to mark a new escalation of the conflict, shot down a Syrian military aircraft that the US-led coalition said attacked its allies in the fight against the Islamic State group in the war-torn country.

The US 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 in the southern Raqqa countryside.

A Syrian army statement released on Syrian state television said the plane crashed and the pilot was missing. The "flagrant attack was an attempt to undermine the efforts of the army as the only effective force capable with its allies ... in fighting terrorism across its territory," the Syrian army said.

TeleTrader Newsroom / RV