US's shoot down of a Syrian SU-22 fighter is the result of a complex
though unannounced conflict between the US and the Syrian government
backed by Russia for control of eastern Syria.
The US has now confirmed that it was responsible for shooting down
a Syrian SU-22 and the US led Coalition has now released the following statement explaining its move
At approximately Syria time, June 18th, pro-Syrian regime
forces attacked the Syrian Democratic Forces-held town of Ja’Din, south
of Tabqah, wounding a number of SDF fighters, and driving the SDF from
Coalition aircraft conducted a show of force and stopped the initial pro-regime advance towards the SDF-controlled town,
Following the Pro-Syrian forces attack, the Coalition contacted its
Russian counterparts by telephone via an established ‘de-confliction
line’ to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing.
At 6:43 pm, a Syrian regime SU-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters
south of Taqbah and, in accordance with rules of engagement and in
collective self-defense of Coalition partnered forces, was immediately
shot down by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet.