Russia Gives Ultimatum After U.S. Downs Syrian Jet
Russia, Syria’s greatest ally in the Middle East, has sent warning signals to the United States after a led-coalition jet downed a Syrian warplane in Raqqa on Sunday.
Russia states that it is now target U.S. led-coalition planes and has also cut communicational ties between the two superpowers.
This instance threatens to draw the U.S. into deeper conflicts in Syria and pitting the free world against groups fighting Islamic terror.
Iran claims to have initiated missile strikes against ISIS targets, undermining Tehran’s willingness to act in defence of its own interests in Syria.
This marks the second conflict of interest in as many months, as the U.S sent off 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian Shayrat airbase in April in response to an Assad suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town in Idlib province.
The attack killed 74 people. President Trump, at the time, said that the horrifying images of dead children forced him to act.
The SU-22 fighter bomber was engaged by an F/A-18E Super Hornet after it had dropped bombs near the town of Tabqa in Raqqa province on Sunday afternoon, the Pentagon said.
It is believed to be the first air-to-air kill of a manned aircraft by a US military jet since the Kosovo campaign in 1999, BBC reports.
The U.S. originally called on Russia to “de-escalate the situation and stop the firing.”
SU-22 dropped bombs on SDF positions a few hours later, according to the coalition.
A statement released by the coalition said, “in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defence of coalition-partnered forces [the plane] was immediately shot down.”
The statement also added that Syria ignored emergency flare-warning.
Syria claims that the jet was intended to strike ISIS fields in Raqqa, and that the actions by the U.S. will bring “dangerous repercussion to the fight against terrorism.”
The Trump administration in the past noted that the SDF is a prime force in securing Raqqa from ISIS.
This instance creates another setback for Washington and Moscow in terms of working together in the Middle East