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Russian diplomat condemns USA for downing Syrian fighter jet

Pentagon US shoots down Syrian fighter jet Pentagon US shoots down Syrian fighter jet
Howard Terry | 20 June, 2017, 00:52

A US fighter jet shot down a Syrian bomber Sunday, leading to a warning from Russian Federation that "any flying object" will be dealt with as "targets".

Moscow has condemned the US downing of the Syrian government fighter jet after it dropped bombs nears USA partner forces.

Frants Klintsevich, deputy head of the defense committee in Russia's upper house of parliament, said the defense ministry statement does not mean there will be war with the U.S.in Syria, but rather that Moscow will not accept attacks on its Syrian allies.

A U.S. Super Hornet immediately responded and shot down the Syrian plane.

Russia, a key backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad, has been providing an air cover to the government's offensive on the Islamic State group since 2015.

RT is reporting that this came following the US-led coalition's downing of a Syrian regime's Su-22 warplane.

US officials say the aircraft had struck America's rebel allies.

The US military said that it shot down a warplane that had dropped bombs near Syrian Democratic Force (SDF) fighters.

Government forces and their allies are working in eastern areas, and have clashed with the U.S. and their partners as they carry out operations.

Tensions are escalating in Syria after the American military shot down a Syrian combat jet for the first time and Russian Federation announced, in retaliation, that it will treat "all flying objects" from the US-led coalition as "targets" in some parts of the strife-torn West Asian nation.

The shoot-down took place near the Syrian town of Ja'Din, located south of Tabqa dam, the coalition's main logistics and air support hub for the ongoing assault to drive the terror group known as ISIS or ISIL from their self-styled capital of Raqqa, says a Pentagon statement. Coalition aircraft stopped the pro-regime forces from advancing on Ja'Din. The Syrian jet was destroyed by the attack.

In a high-profile incident in May US planes struck Syrian pro-regime forces, which they said threatened US partner forces that were being trained near Tanf in southern Syria. "We have agreed in the past, that is we and the Russian Federation Pro-Regime Forces, that operations that the coalition were conducting in Syria were effectively degrading ISIS capability and will work to restore that de-confliction chain in the next few hours".

Iran said the missile strike by its powerful Revolutionary Guard hit Syria's eastern city of Deir el-Zour on Sunday night and was in retaliation for two attacks in Tehran earlier this month that killed 17 people and were claimed by the Islamic State group. On June 8, US officials reported that a drone likely connected to Iranian-supported Hezbollah forces fired on USA -backed troops and was shot down by an American fighter jet.

The U.S. -led coalition has in recent weeks escalated its aerial bombing campaign in northern Syria and Raqqa province. "That's why there's no threat of direct confrontation between Russian Federation and American aircraft".

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