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U.S Shot Down Syrian Fighter Jet

A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in the Mediterranean Sea June 28, 2016.  (U.S. Navy/Reuters)

A United States military jet shot down a Syrian jet that had apparently fired upon coalition members. The incident occurred over the southern Raqqa countryside. Washington claims that the Syrian fighter jet was dropping explosives near fighters. The fighters are reportedly U.S backed. However, Damascus is saying that the jet was bombing Islamic State combatants.

The Syrian military said: "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,"

The military in Syria said on state-run television that the whole incident was just a crash and that the pilot of the plane had been missing.

However, the U.S Central Command said: that the plane was shot down in "in collective self-defense of Coalition-partnered forces," (the SDF Syrian Democratic Forces)

It was also reported that fighters that are backing the Syrian regime attacked the SDF and one of their towns that they were holding. It is said that the SDF were then driven out of that town.

Coalition jets stopped an earlier advance but it shot down the SU-22 jet that dropped bombs on coalition backed fighters.

A statement said that the coalition did try to de-escalate the situation using a line called a deconfliction line. It was said that the coalition contacted its Russian counterparts by telephone to stop the firing.

The statement also said that the coalition does "not seek to fight the Syrian regime, Russian or pro-regime forces" it also said that the coalition would not by any means "hesitate to defend itself or its "partnered forces from any threat,"

This is all at a time where getting rid of ISIS is important for both sides and the increase of bombing campaigns have aided in the advance of ISIS held positions. U.S backed forces have apparently surrounded the city of Raqqa and even liberated entire districts from ISIS.  The Syrian military has even taken positions from ISIS and it seems that the coalition has given a strong arm to forces that would need the support. The Syrian military has taken back oil fields that are vital to the destruction of ISIS in the region. They have also liberated villages that have been under control of ISIS.

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