US fighter jet shot down a Syrian government warplane

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A US fighter jet shot down a Syrian government warplane on Sunday after the aircraft had dropped bombs on US-backed forces fighting so-called “Islamic State” (IS) fighters, the Pentagon confirmed. This confirmed an earlier report from Damascus that one of its planes had gone missing after what it called “flagrant aggression.”

“The so-called international alliance today (Sunday) noon targeted the jet over the area of al-Rasafa in the southern countryside of Raqqa while it was on a combat mission against the terrorist Daesh,” the Syrian army said, using the Arabic shorthand for IS.

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The US Central Command later commented that they had been compelled to shoot down the aircraft “in collective self-defense of Coalition-partnered forces,” meaning fighters with the Syrian Democratic Forces.