U.S. coalition jet shoots down first Syrian aircraft in Raqqa

Jun 19, 2017, 6:03 AM EDT
(Source: mashleymorgan/flickr)
(Source: mashleymorgan/flickr)

For the first in the Syrian conflict, a U.S.-led coalition fighter jet shot down a Syrian military plane on Sunday after it dropped bombs near America-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa province.

The Syrian army, which claimed their plane was on anti-IS mission, warned of “dangerous repercussions” as it denounced the “flagrant attack,” writes the BBC.

Syria said the latest aggression by the U.S. reveals a nexus between Washington and Islamic State, notes Los Angeles Times. A Pentagon statement said it doesn’t wish to target the Syrian forces or their allies but would take all necessary steps to defend the U.S. forces and its coalition in Syria.