U.S. Fighter Jet Shoots Down Syrian Warplane

(New York Times) Michael R. Gordon and Thomas Erdbrink - An American fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane on Sunday after it dropped bombs near local ground forces supported by the U.S., south of the town of Tabqah. The U.S. had airlifted hundreds of Syrian fighters and their American military advisers near Tabqah in March in a push to cut off the western approaches to the ISIS capital of Raqqa. The U.S.-led task force in Syria said: "The coalition's mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The coalition does not seek to fight the Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend coalition or partner forces from any threat."

2017-06-19 00:00:00

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