NUDGING TO WAR: U.S. Shoots Down Syrian Army Fighter Jet

21st Century Wire says…
Yesterday a US F/A-18E Super Hornet is reported to have shot down a Syrian Army SU-22 jet near the village of Rasafah, south of Raqqa. Washington claims it was an act of ‘collective self-defense’ because the Syrian jet had dropped bombs ‘near US-backed forces.’ Syrian officials in Damascus deny the US claims, stating that their plane was downed while conducting a strike on an ISIS position.
According to a statement released by Damascus, the US act of aggression in Syria airspace was a ‘flagrant attack was an attempt to undermine the efforts of the army as the only effective force capable with its allies… in fighting terrorism across its territory.’ Officials added that, ‘this comes at a time when the Syrian army and its allies were making clear advances in fighting the (ISIS) terrorist group.’
US officials are claiming that ‘pro-Syrian regime forces’ on the ground attacked the US-backed Kurdish militias under the ‘SDF’ brand (Syrian Democratic Forces) near Tabqa outside Raqqa, after which time the US-led Coalition planes engaged Syrian military. US officials then claim that a Syrian planes ‘dropped bombs near the US-backed forces.’
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov issue this statement: ‘We call on the United State and all others who have their forces or advisors on the ground [in Syria] to ensure the coordination in our work. Zones of de-escalation are one of the possible options to jointly move forward. We call on everyone to avoid unilateral moves, respect Syrian sovereignty and join our common work which is agreed with the Syrian Arab Republic’s government.’

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on JUNE 19, 2017.

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