Russia threatens U.S. Fighter in Syria as Tensions Rise
WASHINGTON, June 20, 2017 — A Russian Su-27 fighter jet ‘buzzed’ around a U.S. air force aircraft in the Baltic Sea on Monday, Fox News reports.
U.S. officials stated the jet “approached the U.S. Air Force RC-135 recon jet ‘rapidly,’ coming within five feet of the American aircraft.”
More confusion is circulating in the Middle East now that the United States is taken extreme measures to not only counter Jihadists, but also forces of Russia, Syria, and Iran.
The U.S. struck an Iranian drone advancing on coalition forces in southern Syria on Tuesday. The coalition forces were manning an established combat outpost to the northeast of At Tanf where they were training in the fight against ISIS.
Fox News reports that The F-15E intercepted the armed UAV after it was observed advancing on the coalition position. The armed UAV was shot down when it continued to advance on the coalition’s position without diverting its course.
This was subsequent to the downing of a Syrian Jet by the U.S. after it had advanced into unchartered territories on Sunday, much to the dismay of Russian allies. Russia preceded to send warning signals to the U.S. that it was declaring a no-fly zone west of the Euphrates River in Syria threatening to shoot down U.S. led coalitions that disregarded orders.
This fall, Russian moved nuclear-capable ballistic missiles to Kaliningrad, putting some European capitals in strike range. For now these are desperate times in the Middle East as sides continue to cause amongst one another strain.
The U.S. has strongly opposed Syrian president Bashar al – Assad, a conflict of interest with Russia. Vladimir Putin has propped up the Syrian regime for virtually throughout the conflict of the civil war and the fight against ISIS.
But now that ISIS is being heavily removed from Raqqa and Mosul, it might be lingering a psychological-type-warfare where allies are beginning to pit against one another.