A Navy fighter jet shot down a Syrian Air Force plane that dropped bombs near fighters aligned with America in the battle against the Islamic State, the US-led military coalition said in a statement on Sunday.
An F-18 Super Hornet downed a Syrian government SU-22 jet after it bombed Syrian Democratic Forces, the statement said.
From The New York Post
The shootdown was near the Syrian town of Tabqa.
The U.S. military statement says it acted in “collective self-defense” of its partner forces.
The statement said coalition officials contacted the Russians, who are backing President Bashar al-Assad’s government.
“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 statement said.
In April, the US launched cruise missiles at a Syria airbase in response to Assad’s chemical attack on his people.