Russia Says It Will Track US Planes As Potential Targets In Syria

US shoot-down of Syrian jet prompts Russian threat

US shoot-down of Syrian jet prompts Russian threat

In a high-profile incident in May US planes struck Syrian pro-regime forces, which they said threatened US partner forces that were being trained near Tanf in southern Syria.

The shootdown was near Tabqa, a Syrian town in an area that has been a weekslong focus of fighting against IS militants by the SDF as they surround the city of Raqqa and attempt to retake it from IS.

Russia's Defence Ministry responded by suspending cooperation with the United States aimed at avoiding air incidents over Syria, where the Russian air force is bombing in support of President Bashar al-Assad's campaigns against rebels and IS.

The Pentagon says the Syrian jet was downed "immediately" after it dropped bombs near fighters from the USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces, who had been holding a town west of Raqqa as part of an offensive against ISIS.

"The Coalition's mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria", the Pentagon added.

The memorandum had been in place to avoid incidents occurring between the U.S. and Russian air forces, both of which conduct parallel aerial operations over Syria as they offer support to distinct native forces on the ground.

"Russia's defence ministry does not say that they would target American planes with weapons".

"An incident occurred, we have to work through the incident, we have a channel to be able to do that and I think it's going to require some diplomatic and military engagement in the next few hours to restore the deconfliction that we've had in place", Dunford said at a forum at the National Press Club in Washington.

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MOSCOW (AP) - A top Russian diplomat on Monday condemned the United States for shooting down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet the previous day as an act of "aggression", while USA -backed opposition forces on the ground warned Syrian government troops to stop their attacks or face retaliation. They also warned the USA planes Pcan be attacked if deemed necessary.

Moscow also called on the USA military to provide a full accounting of why it chose to shoot down the Syrian Su-22.

The shooting down of the Syrian jet and the Russian response only proves to further entrench the United States and Russia into the continuation of a proxy war in Syria. The incident comes at a time when the United States led coalition and its fighters present on the ground are fighting against the Islamic State (ISIS) in its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa.

An American F18 Super Hornet shot down the plane after it dropped bombs near US -backed forces near Raqqa, Syria.

The US military has said it was repositioning its aircraft over Syria to ensure the safety of American air crews targeting the self-proclaimed Islamic State group.

Frants Klintsevich, deputy head of the defense committee in Russia's upper house of parliament, said the defense ministry statement does not mean there will be war with the U.S.in Syria, but rather that Moscow will not accept attacks on its Syrian allies.

Russian Federation and the USA are backing opposing sides in the ongoing six-year Syrian civil war. "The Syrian fighter aircraft, which was shot down on June 18, became the last straw", Slutsky told reporters.

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