On Monday Russian officials issued a threat to any aircraft operating West of Euphrates River after an F-18 shot down a Syrian fighter that was bombing US-backed fighters.
According to the Pentagon:
Pro-Assad forces attacked the SDF at around 4:30 pm, local time, injuring several soldiers and forcing them to leave Ja’Din.
The attack prompted the SDF to call the Russian army to stop firing and ‘de-escalate’ the shooting.
‘Following the Pro-Syrian forces attack, the coalition contacted its Russian counterparts by telephone via an established ‘de-confliction line’ to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing,’ said a statement from U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS, Operation Inherent Resolve.
‘At 6:43 p.m., a Syrian regime SU-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters south of Tabqah and, in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of coalition partnered forces, was immediately shot down by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet.’
As a result of this, the Russian ministry of defense said that is will treat any coalition aircraft flying west of the Euphrates as targets. The Daily Mail reports:
The ministry said it views the incident as Washington’s ‘deliberate failure to make good on its commitments’ under the de-confliction deal.
The Pentagon admitted it shot down the Syrian jet after it ignored a show of force and a warning against attacking US-supported ground troops near Ja’Din, south of Tabqa on Sunday afternoon.
Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov on Monday condemned the US for the strike, describing it as an act of aggression.
‘This strike has to be seen as a continuation of America’s line to disregard the norms of international law,’ Ryabkov told journalists in Moscow, according to the TASS state news agency. ‘What is this if not an act of aggression?’
The United States Army released another statement saying that is does not seek a fight with the Syrian regime, Russia, or any pro-regime forces, but it will not hesitate to defend coalition or partner forces from any threat. “The demonstrated hostile intent and actions of pro-regime forces toward coalition and partner forces in Syria conducting legitimate counter-ISIS operations will not be tolerated.”
According to the Pentagon, pro-regime forces have been attacked coalition forces and have warned them if they continue the USA will defend them.
Slowly but steadily the USA seems to be sucking itself more and more into a full blown conflict with Russia and Syria in the attempt to battle ISIS. Was this the right approach? Or was the USA defending its objectives?
Source: Daily Mail