US-led coalition downs Syrian army plane in southern Raqqa

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According to the Syrian statement, the plane was carrying out operations against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in the countryside around Raqqa when it was targeted, leading to a crash and the loss of the pilot, who is currently missing.

“This attack comes at a time when the Syrian Arab army and its allies are advancing in the fight against ISIS terrorists who are being defeated in the Syrian desert in more ways than one,” the statement read.

The downing of the Syrian warplane, an Su-22, was confirmed by an official press statement from Operation Inherent Resolve, the US-led international task force against IS, which accused the Syrian government of targeting fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led militia.

“At 6:43pm, a Syrian regime SU-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters south of Tabqah and, in accordance with rules of engagement and collective self-defense of Coalition partnered forces, was immediately shot down by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet,” the statement read.

 Statement issued by general command of the army and armed forces (SYRIA)

The oldest flying what’s called the international alliance) this afternoon on targeting one of ours fighting in raqqa countryside russafa area South. During combat missions against ISIS terrorist in the region has led to the crash and the loss of the pilot.

This is blatant abuse confirm beyond reasonable doubt the reality of the situation. American support of terrorism which was aimed at attempting to influence the ability of the Syrian Arab army only force players with his allies exercising her birthright in fighting terrorism over the area and a private home This attack comes at a time when the Syrian Arab army and its allies advance in the fight against ISIS terrorist who defeated the Syrian desert in more ways than one.

It also underlines the coordination between the United States of America and ISIS, terrorist, and exposes the evil intentions of the United States of America in the management and investment in terrorism to achieve their goals in passing the Zionist project, an American in the region.

To the general command of the army and armed forces as they warn of the grave consequences for this brazen assault on efforts to combat terrorism confirmed that such attacks will not falter. Her intention and determination to continue the war against ISIS by regulatory nusra terrorists and associated groups and Restore Security and stability to all the Syrian Arab Republic.

Damascus 18 / June / 2017
The General command of the army and armed forces

‘US trying to draw red lines for Syria’

Syria-based journalist Alaa Ebrahim told RT he believes that, by downing the Syrian jet, Washington is aiming to redraw “red lines” in the Syrian conflict and show that it won’t tolerate the involvement of the Syrian government’s armed forces in the liberation of Raqqa.

“The Americans don’t want the Syrian army to advance towards Deir ez-Zor, they don’t want the Syrian army to actually be present as part of the operation to retake Raqqa or to take any part of the Raqqa province,” Ebrahim said.

“The US is trying to draw boundaries in the Syrian conflict and red lines for the Syrian army not to cross them,” he added.

The journalist believes that the Syrian Army might go to great lengths to challenge the US strategy in Raqqa, as there are considerable concerns as to the outcome of the battle should the city eventually fall into the hands of the US-backed Kurdish-led SDF forces.

Ebrahim speculated that when IS is pushed out of Raqqa, the terrorists will be allowed “a safe way out and those fighters will have only one choice, to go to Deir ez-Zor and to try to take the city from the hands [of the Syrian Army].”

Such a relocation would put an additional strain on the Syrian armed forces trying to break the siege of the city that has been ongoing for over two years, he said, adding that Sunday’s downing of the plane is “part of the ongoing escalation” that has been on the rise in Syria for the past several months “since the US carried its first airstrike against pro-government forces.”

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