After U.S. shoots down Syrian jet, Russia threatens dangerous escalation

Escalating tensions in Syria were drastically ratcheted up Monday morning after Russian officials threatened to shoot down U.S. coalition aircraft supporting the anti-Bashar al-Assad regime rebels in Syria.
The Russian threat came just hours after the U.S. shot down a Syrian regime fighter jet that had dropped bombs on the U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forces. The SDF is the anti-Islamic State alliance among the Kurdish, Arab, Assyrian, Armenian, Turkmen, and Circassian fighters.
The U.S. coalition said in a statement that an American F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Su-22 war plane “in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of coalition partnered forces,” Fox News reported.
“The coalition’s mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend coalition or partner forces from any threat,” the coalition said.
According to Fox

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