US claims Syrian Army plane downed after it shot at US allies
June 19, Washington DC: The Pentagon claims that the U.S.-led coalition took the unprecedented move after a Syrian Su-22 attack aircraft bombed its allies who were fighting Islamic State militants south of the city of Tabqah, roughly 25 miles west of Raqqah.
According to the US they shot down the plane because it fired at the U.S.-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab militia fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, which is involved in a large-scale offensive on Raqqah, Islamic State’s self-declared capital in Syria.
Last month, the militia fighters clawed back Tabqah from Islamic State, but the Islamic State still holds sway in large swaths of the desert areas to the south.
According to claims made by Pentagon, Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad had attacked U.S. ground partners in the recently recaptured town of Jadin, south of Tabqah.
The Oslo Times International News Network