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HomeNewsWorldRussia Threatens to Target US-Coalition Aircraft in Syria After F-18 Super Hornet Takes Down SU-22

Russia Threatens to Target US-Coalition Aircraft in Syria After F-18 Super Hornet Takes Down SU-22

F-18 Super Hornet.
F-18 Super Hornet.

F-18 Super Hornet.

Russian officials on Monday threatened to treat U.S.-led coalition planes in certain regions of Syria after an F-18 Super Hornet shown down a SU-22 Sunday. It was the first time a U.S. warplane shot down another country’s aircraft since a U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle shot down a Serbian MiG-29 over Kosovo in 1999.

Russia’s defense ministry said planes flying in Syria west of the Euphrates River would be treated as potential targets. They claimed it was a “deliberate failure to make good on its commitments” under the previous deal.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told state-run news agencies that the U.S. was “helping the terrorists that the U.S. is fighting against.”

The U.S. said the action was it a necessary action. Special forces embedded with U.S.-backed opposition fighters said President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have been attacking their positions in the northern province of Raqqa.

They contacted Russia and warned that if the attacks didn’t cease, the U.S. would take action.

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Data Journalism Editor

Rich, the People's Pundit, is the Data Journalism Editor at PPD and Director of the PPD Election Projection Model. He is also the Director of Big Data Poll, and author of "Our Virtuous Republic: The Forgotten Clause in the American Social Contract."

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