Russia Cuts-Off Communication Issues Threat Saying U.S. Aircraft Are Now

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FA-18 Super Hornet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Earlier this week, U.S. forces shot down a Syrian fighter jet near Raqqa, where the SU-22 had been bombing U.S. backed rebel troops. Syrian Democratic Forces, have been in a weeks-long battle with ISIS in the region, as they attempt to take back control of the city. The Pentagon confirmed the incident on Monday.

Syria condemned the “flagrant attack” noting there would be “dangerous repercussions.” Russia, a close Syrian ally, also issued an ominous threat-warning they would target U.S.-led coalition aircraft. In addition, Russia has now cut off communications with the U.S. that aimed to prevent air accidents from happening.

“Any aircraft, including planes and drones belonging to the international coalition operating west of the Euphrates river, will be tracked by Russian anti-aircraft forces in the sky and on the ground and treated as targets,” the Russian defense ministry said. They also refuted reports that the U.S. used communication channels before downing the Syrian aircraft.

Sean Spicer | Photo Credit Washington Post

Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, commented on the situation at a press briefing on Monday positing that the U.S. hopes to “de-escalate” the problem. “The escalation of hostilities among all of the factions that are operating there doesn’t help anybody,” said Spicer. “And so making sure that people understand while we want to de-escalate the situation there, that we have to understand that we will always preserve the right of self-defense.”

Russia has also claimed that U.S. actions have violated the sovereignty of Syria and stand in contrast to international law. “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 added.

Many fear the downing of the Syrian fighter jet will draw the U.S. deeper into the fighting between Syria and the Islamic State. With threats being issued from both Russia and Syria, that seems to be a realistic concern. However, the bigger question here remains the same and that is what is the alternative?

 

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  • Joe

    This is getting old..can’t y’all find something nice to talk about it’s ALWAYS bad…let’s hear some good news like how the government is tired of spending tax payers dollars chasing pot dealer’s when they could be using that money to go after harder drugs.not pot

  • Denny

    LOL …. Relax folks. That little short man doesn’t want any of the USA…believe it.
    We’ll bitch slap him all the way to Siberia

  • 4x4nascar

    this article lets you know that the us is backing the islamic state, which is isis. at the start it calls them us backed rebels, later in the article it says syria vs. islamic state.

  • jeff edwards

    lol

  • SICK OF WHINERS

    Pull out of Syria and let em kill themselves!!

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