Russia: US-led coalition planes in Syria to be treated as targets

Pentagon US shoots down Syrian fighter jet

A top Russian diplomat on Monday condemned the United States for shooting down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet the previous day as an act of "aggression", while USA -backed opposition forces on the ground warned Syrian government troops to stop their attacks or face retaliation.

The moves were taken in response to Sunday's shoot-down of a Syrian military aircraft by a USA fighter.

Russian Federation says it will treat US-led coalition planes as potential targets in government-controlled areas of Syria west of the Euphrates River. The MINDEF provision warns about flights of the alliance aircrafts to the west of Euphrates River, which will be also considered combat targets, the mentioned agency said.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Washington is working to re-establish communications aimed at avoiding mishaps involving US and Russian air operations in Syria. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu later said that the mechanism to avert conflict in the skies between Russian and US-led forces continues to operate despite a formal end to the pact.

Russian Federation said in response to the incident that it would target US -led coalition jets in parts of Syria, the Associated Press reported Monday morning. 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.

Russian Federation has threatened aircraft from the USA -led coalition in Syrian-controlled airspace and suspended a hotline meant to avoid collisions in retaliation for the US military shooting down a Syrian warplane.

USA warplanes carried out several low passes over the Ja'Din, halting the attack by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

A few hours later, the Syrian SU-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters and, "in collective self-defense of coalition-partnered forces", was immediately shot down by a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet, the Pentagon said.

And a top Russian official called the U.S. downing of the Syrian plane an act of aggression that assists terrorists. Both recent US air-to-air engagements come after attempts by the Syrian regime and its proxies to attack USA backed anti-ISIS fighters.

Clashes between the SDF and Syrian government forces have been rare, with some rebel groups even accusing them of coordinating on the battlefield.

While coalition forces and their Syrian and Kurdish allies have made major gains against ISIS, things have never been tenser between the two major world powers. The attack drove the SDF from Ja'Din, which is west of Raqqa, the coalition statement said.

A number of SDF forces were wounded in the attack, the statement from the Combined Joint Task Force said.

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