US Navy Shoots Down Syrian Regime Jet
F/A-18E Super Hornet Downs Syrian Su-22
The US Department of Defense has confirmed that US forces have shot down a Syrian regime aircraft. According to the official statement:
On June 18 at 6:43 p.m., a Syrian regime SU-22 military jet aircraft dropped bombs near Syrian Democratic Forces fighters south of Tabqa, Syria, and, in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of coalition partnered forces, was immediately shot down by a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft.
Syrian Democratic Forces made the following statement:
[This] 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. This comes at a time when the Syrian army and its allies were making clear advances in fighting the Daesh (Islamic State) terrorist group.
The US Navy fighter plane took off from aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) is the tenth and final Nimitz-class supercarrier of the United States Navy. She is named after George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, former Director of Central Intelligence, and US Navy flyerr during World War II. USS George H.W. Bush is part of Carrier Air Wing Eight now deployed in the Mediterranean.
Russia Escalates Conflict
The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation responded by saying:
Any aircraft, including planes and drones belonging to the international coalition operating west of the River Euphrates, will be tracked by Russian anti-aircraft forces in the sky and on the ground and treated as targets.