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Russia warns it will treat US coalition jets in parts of Syria as targets after US downed Syrian jet

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    Russia warns it will treat US-led coalition jets in parts of Syria as targets after US downed Syrian plane
    • By Luis Martinez
    Jun 19, 2017, 9:25 AM ET


    U.S. Air Force/handout/Corbis via Getty Images


    The Russian Defense Ministry blasted the U.S.' shooting down of a Syrian regime fighter jet as a "massive violation of international law" and said it will begin treating U.S.-led coalition jets flying west of the Euphrates River in Syria as targets.

    The ministry's comments Monday came after a U.S. Navy fighter jet on Sunday shot down a Syrian fighter jet that had dropped bombs on Syrian rebel forces who are fighting ISIS in the country.

    It was the first time the U.S. has engaged in air-to-air combat in Syria, signaling an escalation of the conflict. It is is also the first time an American aircraft has shot down any other country’s aircraft in air-to-air combat since 1999 during the Kosovo air campaign when a U.S. Air Force F-16 shot down a Serbian Mig-29.

    Russia, which is backing the Syrian government regime in its civil war against rebel forces, slammed the U.S. action as a violation of Syria's sovereignty.

    "Repeated combat actions by U.S. aviation under the cover of counterterrorism against lawful armed forces of a country that is a member of the U.N. are a massive violation of international law and de facto a military aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic," the Russian Defense Ministry said.

    The Ministry also warned that any coalition aircraft flying west of the Euphrates “will be tracked by the Russian ground and air anti-aircraft defense systems as air targets in the areas where Russian aviation is on combat missions in the Syrian sky.”

    Sunday’s downing of the Syrian jet occurred in an area southwest of the Euphrates River. And the U.S.-led coalition conducts missions in areas west of the Euphrates River near Manbij and Al Bab, two towns retaken from ISIS by U.S.-backed rebel forces.

    The coalition said in a statement that its focus is on fighting ISIS, not the Syrian regime or Russian forces, but that it will not hesitate to defend coalition or partner forces coming under attack.

    The incident occurred in the town of Ja'Din, south of Tabqa, Syria, which had recently been retaken from ISIS by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an umbrella group of Syrian Kurdish and Arab rebel forces supported by the U.S. in the fight against the terrorist group.

    SDF came under attack from regime forces in favor of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad around 4:30 p.m. Syria time. A number of SDF fighters were wounded in the assault, and the SDF soon left Ja'Din.

    Coalition aircraft conducted a show of force overhead that stopped the initial pro-regime advance towards the town.

    "Following the pro-Syrian forces' attack, the coalition contacted its Russian counterparts by telephone via an established 'deconfliction line' to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing," said a statement from Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS.

    "At 6:43 p.m., a Syrian regime SU-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters south of Tabqah and, in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of coalition partnered forces, was immediately shot down by a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet," said the statement.

    The Syrian pilot is believed to have been able to eject from the aircraft, according to a U.S. official.

    But the Russian Defense Ministry contradicted the coalition claim that the air-safety hotline had been used and noted that there were Russian aircraft in the area when the Syrian plane was shot down.

    The Ministry said it would stop its participation in the deconfliction line, much as it did following American cruise missile strikes in Syria in April. But at that time, U.S. and Russian military forces continued use of the air safety hotline for Syria despite Russia's announcement that it would stop participating.

    Ja'Din, where Sunday's incident occurred, is approximately two kilometers north of an established deconfliction area.

    The U.S.-led coalition in its statement stressed its goals in Syria and that it will defend its partnered forces.

    "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," it said. "The demonstrated hostile intent and actions of pro-regime forces toward coalition and partner forces in Syria conducting legitimate counter-ISIS operations will not be tolerated."

    The downing of the Syrian jet is the latest escalation between the U.S.-led coalition and pro-regime forces in the country.

    Over the last four weeks, the U.S. has conducted three airstrikes on pro-regime Assad forces backed by Iran that have moved into a de-confliction zone around the town of at Tanf in southwest Syria, which is the location of a coalition training base for local forces fighting ISIS.

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    Russia Threatens to Target U.S. Jets After Syria Warplane Downed
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    Stepan Kravchenko
    andIlya Arkhipov

    19. Juni 2017, 14:52 MESZ

    • Russia will track U.S.-led coalition’s planes, drones in Syria
    • Deconfliction coordination with U.S. halted: Defense Ministry


    Russia warned that it may treat U.S.-led coalition aircraft over Syria as targets following the shooting down of a Syrian government warplane, in an escalation of rhetoric between the two rivals in the Middle East conflict.

    The downing of the aircraft was “a cynical violation of Syria’s sovereignty,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in an emailed statement on Monday. In response, “Russia’s ground and air defenses will track any air targets, including the international coalition’s planes and drones, found to the West of the Euphrates river,” the Ministry said, adding that it is halting the so-called deconfliction coordination with the U.S. aimed at averting air incidents.

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    The Su-22 jet was shot down Sunday by a U.S. F-18 fighter as an act of “collective self-defense of coalition-partnered forces” after the Syrian aircraft dropped bombs close to American-backed fighters near the northern Syrian town of Tabqah, according to a U.S.-led coalition statement. “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,” it said.

    The Defense Ministry statement doesn’t mean there’ll be war with the U.S., though it’s a “pretty serious” signal that Russia won’t accept acts of aggression against Syria, said Frants Klintsevich, deputy head of the defense committee in Russia’s upper house of parliament. The U.S. is “tough when nobody touches them, but immediately become normal people after getting slapped in the face,” he said.

    Russia first halted the deconfliction agreement in April after the U.S. carried out airstrikes on Syrian targets. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu later said that the mechanism to avert conflict in the skies between Russian and U.S.-led forces continues to operate despite a formal end to the pact.

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  3. Son of Goku Doesn't need a Custom Title

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  4. Mael Well-Known Member

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    Well if you want to talk wars of annihilation...

    But this is posturing from Moscow. They haven't the economy to do anything harsh.
     
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    Russia talking shit but they ain't gonna do shit

    North Korea 2.0
     
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  7. W AH

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  9. EJ Chief Gunnery SGT of the SS Shit Threads

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    I'm new to paying attention to national affairs but this shit does have me alarmed. Why are you all blowing this off, even if Russia's economy is erupting?
     
  10. Chelydra Devour them all.

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    Russian equipment is impotent compared to us equipment. It's just a little kid throwing a tantrum.
     
  11. Mael Well-Known Member

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    Because Russia is not going to risk armed confrontation with the United States to such a degree. It hasn't the resources or the geopolitical clout to do this. China warned of things like this in the past and hasn't done a thing.
     
  12. Nemesis The Sith Lord

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    Here is how it will go.

    Russian Pilot: We have a US F whatever in our sights
    General: Let me ask Putin
    EU/US gets to Putin: See the last bits on money we're letting you hold. Shoot at us you lose it all.
    Putin: Abort abort!

    Fact is like China, Russia cares about money a lot more than it does ending the world. Russia is straining from sanctions (it had to cut its military budget by 25% this year alone). Putin knows if his buddies lose out their money they hold in the west he's going to be quietly ousted and someone with a more friendly face put in charge.

    Putin postures, he poses and he tries to get western elections won by those he thinks are good for him. Not because he's trying to look strong to the west, nor the people of Russia. He's trying to do so because if he fails the Oligarchs can have whoever they want lined up that can be another Yeltsin when it comes to the outside world. Someone the west will work with but still play along on the puppet strings.
     
  13. Yami Munesanzun I am now having ALL teh segzy.

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    US basically the roommate who brings hot girls over every night and fucks while his roommate (Russia) trying to study in the same room.

    Russia be like " please stop I'm trying to study, I'm like super serious this time"
     
  15. Son of Goku Doesn't need a Custom Title

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  16. Son of Goku Doesn't need a Custom Title

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    From what I gather Russia is thinking the same in regards to the US, which why they made that warning.
     
  17. makeoutparadise I will have my revenge

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    Game on. They think we won't call their bluff? Let them attempt to shoot down one of our aircraft and watch what happens.
     
  19. Punished Pathos S?tnos

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    Yes, defend ISIS from getting pushed back by Assad's forces :zaru
     
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    We're so scared. :bookerskully
     
  22. Mael Well-Known Member

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  23. Yami Munesanzun I am now having ALL teh segzy.

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  24. Nemesis The Sith Lord

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    And here friends we have an idiot who thinks the clusterfuck known as the Syrian civil war is Assad on one side and ISIS + Friends on the other.

    All rebel groups hate ISIS as much as they hate Assad, plus Russia/Assad tend to just to lip service attacks on ISIS when it benefits them, otherwise they let ISIS grow because they serve as a good propaganda tool + they hit at rebel strongholds. It's been Assad's play since day 1. If he wanted to he could have destroyed ISIS before it grew.
     
  25. Parallax Treachery Retired Staff

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  26. Parallax Treachery Retired Staff

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    I can assure you that OP got mad hard when he initially read this article. This is his steeze
     
  27. Chelydra Devour them all.

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    Then he goes limp and impotent, when he finds out the us starts downing Russian aircraft like flies, or Russia just does nothing.

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  29. Mael Well-Known Member

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    It makes sense from a tactical standpoint to reposition the aircraft but it's not going to stop the coalition from launching strikes. After all it hasn't been the first time Syria's been hitting targets not in its lane and immediately claiming they were hitting ISIS without giving intel.
     
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