The United States military on Sunday confirmed that a U.S. F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian SU-22 after it dropped bombs near the U.S. partner forces known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The SDF are in alliance with the United States against the Islamic State group.
The U.S backed opposition fighters said Assad’s forces have been atacking their positions in the nothern province of Ragga and warned that if the attacks continued, the fighters will take action.
Clashes between Syrian troops and SDF would further increase tensions in the country and open a new front line in the battlefields of the civil war.
Russian diplomats have condemned the actions of the United States describing it as an act of agression. Russia has been a staunch supporter of Syria’s Bashar Assad and have been providing air cover for his offensive against ISIS.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said “What is this, if not an act of aggression?” This would be the first time, U.S forces have shot down a Syrian aircraft since it began fighting ISIS in the country in 2014.