US coalition downs Syrian plane

Pentagon US shoots down Syrian fighter jet

Pentagon US shoots down Syrian fighter jet

"The shooting down of a Syrian air force jet in Syria's airspace is a cynical violation of Syria's sovereignty", the ministry said in a statement.

"In accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defence of coalition-partnered forces, (the Syrian jet) was immediately shot down by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet", it said. The SDF is leading the ground offensive in Syria to capture the Islamic State's stronghold of Raqqa. The U.S. Navy says one of them was attacked by that Syrian aircraft it shot down.

The US has long said that it would protect what it calls moderate Syrian opposition forces, but this is the first time it resorted to engaging in air-to-air combat to make good on that promise.

The Russian defense ministry said in a statement that, starting Monday, it will track all jets and drones of the USA -led coalition west of the Euphrates and treat them as targets.

"What is this other than an act of aggression in violation of the norms of global law? It was also an act of assistance to those terrorists whom the United States is ostensibly fighting against", Ryabkov said.

The US coalition claimed in its statement it had responded to an attack by Syrian forces on the SDF in the town of Ja'din, near Resafa.

The ministry said it was suspending its interaction with the United States on preventing air incidents over Syria from June 19, the agencies reported.

While the planes were initially restricted to operations over Iraq, the Tories decided in March 2015 to expand the mission to include Syria as well. And that disagreement has constrained American leaders, who've made clear that any USA military activity in Syria avoid provoking an open confrontation between the US and Russian Federation, the world's two greatest nuclear powers.

"We call on the USA and all the others who have forces or advisers on the ground to ensure our work is coordinated".

Russian Federation has said it will treat United States warplanes operating in parts of Syria where its air forces are present as targets amid a diplomatic row caused by the downing of a Syrian jet.

It also raised questions about how U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, which had previously put Iran "on notice" for its ballistic missile tests, will respond.

Separately, Ryabkov told Interfax that the shooting down was a risky escalation and warned Washington not to use force against Syrian government troops.

"The regime's forces.have mounted large-scale attacks using planes, artillery, and tanks", SDF spokesman Talal Selo said in a statement.

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