US-led coalition shoots down Syrian jet for bombing SDF positions near Raqqa

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U.S.-led coalition's warplanes bomb ISIS military units near Kobane in northern Syria. File photo

ARA News

The US-led coalition confirmed to ARA News that they shot down a Syrian regime jet that attacked positions of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the vicinity of Tabqa town in Raqqa province on Sunday.

“At approximately 4:30 p.m. Syria time, June 18, Pro-Syrian regime forces attacked the Syrian Democratic Forces-held town of Ja’Din, south of Tabqa, wounding a number of SDF fighters and driving the SDF from the town,” the coalition said.

“Coalition aircraft conducted a show of force and stopped the initial pro-regime advance toward the SDF-controlled town. 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,” a spokesperson for the US-led coalition told ARA News.

“At 6:43 p.m., a Syrian regime SU-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters south of Tabqa 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,” the coalition confirmed.

“Ja’Din sits approximately two kilometers north of an established East-West SDF-Syrian Regime de-confliction area,” it said.

The US-led coalition confirmed that their mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

“The Coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend Coalition or partner forces from any threat.”

“The Coalition presence in Syria addresses the imminent threat ISIS in Syria poses globally. The demonstrated hostile intent and actions of pro-regime forces toward Coalition and partner forces in Syria conducting legitimate counter-ISIS operations will not be tolerated,” the coalition said.

“The Coalition calls on all parties to focus their efforts on the defeat of ISIS, which is our common enemy and the greatest threat to regional and worldwide peace and security,” the coalition concluded.

In the meantime, Syrian Kurdish officials also confirmed the incident.

“The international coalition downed a Syrian regime’s military aircraft in the Raqqa province after bombing the sites of SDF in the Tabqa area,” said Abdulkarim Omer, the head of foreign relations for the Cezire Canton of the Rojava Self-Administration.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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