US Navy jet downs Syrian aircraft

| June 19, 2017

According to Fox News, a US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian government Su-22 when it attacked anti-government rebels;

The statement said coalition aircraft had “conducted a show of force” to turn back an attack by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s forces on the SDF in the town of Ja’Din, south of Tabqah.

The coalition said the shootdown took place “in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of Coalition partnered forces.”

The statement said “a number of SDF fighters” were wounded in the regime’s attack, but did not specify further. The coalition also said that Russian officers had been contacted on a special “de-confliction” hotline in an effort to halt the assault.

The statement from the coalition headquarters called for Syrian government forces to focus on defeating ISIS instead of the rebels.

Yeah, I don’t think the Russians will like how that turns out.

Category: Terror War

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  1. Atkron says:

    I bet the Ordies in that squadron are crowing big time.

  2. OldSoldier54 says:

    Good … and if the Russkis wanna play, fine.

  3. Graybeard says:

    OK, the adults are back in charge of the playground.

  4. AW1Ed says:

    Well, this didn’t take long.

    “Russian officials on Monday threatened that their country would treat U.S.-led coalition planes in some parts of Syria as targets after the U.S. military shot down a Syrian Air Force jet on Sunday.

    Russia’s defense ministry said planes flying in Syria, west of the Euphrates River, would be considered targets.”

    • Graybeard says:

      Leftist hand-wringing in 3… 2… 1…

      • The Old Maj says:

        Its going to take a minute. They have to figure out how to make Trump in cahoots with the Russians and fighting with them at the same time.

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        I’m sure that many a leftie pol and newsmouth are already rehearsing how they’re gonna say “We’re going to war and it’s ALL TRUMP’S FAULT…”

    • Marine Warrior says:

      Russia you may want to rethink that threat. Just a suggestion.

  5. Mick says:

    Hopefully it was a gun kill.

    No need to waste any ‘high end’ air-to-air missiles on an SU-22.

    Get some, Navy!

  6. The Other Whitey says:

    So the Navy is back in the air-to-air business. That’s cool! The saber-rattling by Comrade Vlad really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, I mean, if Trump’s really on their payroll like the left all claim. Yet another implication that the left is full of shit again.

  7. Ex-PH2 says:

    Is Vlad peeved yet, or is it just the Russian isvestia?

  8. timactual says:

    We shoot down a Syrian aircraft in Syria that was attacking anti-Syrian rebels, and an ally of Syria who threatens to defend Syria is the bad guy.

    I vote to get the flock out, now.

    • AW1Ed says:

      And then it got weird.

      “Tehran has warned ISIS militants that any future attacks on the country will result in powerful strikes against the group. It comes after Iran launched missile strikes on ISIS in retaliation for twin attacks in Tehran earlier this month.”

      • Roh-Dog says:

        Some Iranian General said “the biggest slap is yet to come”, at at this point I f’ing believe them. I was ok-ish with the low-level intensity ground stuff. This situation is just getting bad and quick. Apparently Iran hadn’t launched a medium range missile out for 15 years. Thanks to all that Obummer cash guess what toys they can now afford?
        I just cross my fingers they haven’t figured out how to sneak a small nuke over from their buddies in the more northern of the Koreas.
        I swear this is like a Clancy movie/book. (Still using the willpower to fight the urge to watch The Hunt…)

        • 11B-Mailclerk says:

          Apparently, Iran has launched missiles into Syria. Was just on Fox News, and CNN has it online.

  9. Martinjmpr says:

    So we’re ISIS’s Air Force now?