US shoots down Syrian Air Force fighter

June 18, 2017 - 5:18 pm
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(AP) - The U.S. military on Sunday shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet that bombed local forces aligned with the Americans in the fight against Islamic State militants, an action that appeared to mark a new escalation of the conflict.

The U.S.-led coalition headquarters in Iraq said in a written statement that a U.S. F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian government SU-22 after it dropped bombs near the U.S. partner forces, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces.

The shootdown was near the Syrian town of Tabqa. The U.S. military statement said it acted in "collective self defense" of its partner forces and that the U.S.

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