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6/18/17 8:53 PM
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whats the after math? story is on the Drudgereport.com
6/18/17 8:55 PM
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most likely the syrian gov striking isis and the good guys protecting their investment

6/18/17 8:56 PM
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Essential News from The Associated Press

AAA  Jun. 18, 2017 7:39 PM ET
Pentagon: US shoots down Syrian aircraft for first time
By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer ? 
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FILE - This April 30, 2017, file photo provided by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) shows fighters from the SDF looking toward the northern town of Tabqa, Syria. The U.S.-led coalition headquarters in Iraq said in a written statement that a U.S. F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian government SU-22 on Sunday, June 18, after it dropped bombs near the U.S. partner forces, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces. The shootdown was near the Syrian town of Tabqa. (Syrian Democratic Forces via AP, File)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military on Sunday shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet that bombed local forces aligned with the Americans in the fight against Islamic State militants, an action that appeared to mark a new escalation of the conflict.

The U.S. had not shot down a Syrian regime aircraft before Sunday's confrontation, said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. While the U.S. has said since it began recruiting, training and advising what it calls moderate Syrian opposition forces to fight IS that it would protect them from potential Syrian government retribution, this was the first time it resorted to engaging in air-to-air combat to make good on that promise.

The U.S.-led coalition headquarters in Iraq said in a written statement that a U.S. F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian government SU-22 after it dropped bombs near the U.S. partner forces, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces.

The shootdown was near Tabqa, a Syrian town in an area that has been a weekslong focus of fighting against IS militants by the SDF as they surround the city of Raqqa and attempt to retake it from IS.

The U.S. military statement said it acted in "collective self defense" of its partner forces and that the U.S. did not seek a fight with the Syrian government or its Russian supporters.

According to a statement from the Pentagon, pro-Syrian regime forces attacked the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces-held town of Ja'Din, south of Tabqah in northern Syria, wounding a number of SDF fighters and driving the SDF from the town.

Coalition aircraft conducted a show of force and stopped the initial pro-regime advance toward the town, the Pentagon said. Following the pro-Syrian forces attack, the coalition called its Russian counterparts "to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing," according to the statement.

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.

"The coalition's mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria," the Pentagon said, using an abbreviation for the Islamic State group. "The coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend coalition or partner forces from any threat. "

U.S. forces tangled earlier this month with Syria-allied aircraft in the region. On June 8, U.S. officials reported that a drone likely connected to Iranian-supported Hezbollah forces fired on U.S.-backed troops and was shot down by an American fighter jet. The incident took place in southern Syria near a base where the U.S.-led coalition was training Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State group.

An Army spokesman at the Pentagon said at the time that the drone carried more weapons and was considered a direct threat, prompting the shootdown.
6/18/17 8:58 PM
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Super disgusting. We shouldn't even be there.

6/18/17 8:59 PM
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"The U.S.-led coalition headquarters in Iraq said in a written statement that a U.S. F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian government SU-22 after it dropped bombs near the U.S. partner forces, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces"

Riiiight..."Democratic forces"
6/18/17 9:02 PM
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"But, but they were killing their own people!

When I hear of a Middle Eastern nation attacking their own people I think "FINALLY! Someone willing to save us the trouble!" 

6/18/17 9:03 PM
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most likely the syrian gov striking isis and the good guys protecting their investment

Likely....crazy quagmire over there
6/18/17 9:15 PM
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^^Amen!

6/18/17 9:23 PM
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We have sufficiently stirred the pot.  Russia, Iran, and the US are all bombing everyone but each other.  I think now would be a good time for us to  GTFO before we end up in a war with a country that has resources to fight.  

6/18/17 9:29 PM
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how many years has it been since the USA was involved in air to air combat? 

6/18/17 9:34 PM
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In
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Escalation
6/18/17 9:36 PM
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Josh - 

how many years has it been since the USA was involved in air to air combat? 


Good question, hope it stops there.
6/18/17 9:57 PM
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hankhill -
Josh - 

how many years has it been since the USA was involved in air to air combat? 


Good question, hope it stops there.
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6/18/17 10:02 PM
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SU-22 ?

 

one of these old POS jets

 

6/18/17 10:06 PM
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GucciGucciGucci - 

SU-22 ?

 

one of these old POS jets

 


I had a F22 fighter jet pilot once tell me that our F22's are so far advanced from anyone else that its unfair. I believe him.
6/18/17 10:06 PM
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technically at war with syria now.
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^^ he was trying to be modest by the way.
6/18/17 10:13 PM
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We cant have Syrians killing terrorists.

Wait what?
6/18/17 10:17 PM
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toelocku - "The U.S.-led coalition headquarters in Iraq said in a written statement that a U.S. F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian government SU-22 after it dropped bombs near the U.S. partner forces, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces"

Riiiight..."Democratic forces"

It's like Syrians (rightfully) regard Americans in foreign lands as complete morans. Put "democratic" in your name and the US money will flow.
6/18/17 10:38 PM
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what is the end game here? makes no sense
6/18/17 10:45 PM
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Oceana strikes a winning blow against Eurasia on the frontier!
6/18/17 10:47 PM
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Rahjai MD - what is the end game here? makes no sense
Partition
6/18/17 11:48 PM
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Everyone so far seems to not agree with this. I'm honestly not well enough informed which saddens me but why not support us backed forces by any means necessary?

 

 

just tryin to learn here